Dhaka – Buses on different routes began plying after a senior minister called the workers to return to work Wednesday, the second day of an indefinite strike called by the pro-government transport workers across Bangladesh.
The workers called off the strike after Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, also a leader of the transport workers federation, asked them to return to work over “assurance from the government.”
The transport workers began nationwide strike Tuesday to protest a court January 22 verdict that sentenced a driver to life in jail for killing five people, including an award-winning filmmaker, in an accident on August 13, 2011 near Dhaka.
They demanded release of the driver.
The sudden strike caused immense sufferings to tens of thousands of passengers across the country.
The minister made the call to the striking transport workers after an internal meeting of the transport leaders, which followed another inter-ministerial meeting on this issue.
The first bus left Gabtoli bus terminal at about 3:20pm for Manikganj. The second bus of Shammi Paribahan, destined for Paturia, was calling for passengers.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Law Minister Anisul Huq have assured that the government will extend its support on the legal procedures, said Shajahan Khan.