Cox’s Bazar Municipality Panel Mayor-1 and District Awami League Organizing Secretary Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury was injured in a terrorist attack in front of his office. He was rescued and admitted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.
The incident took place on Wednesday (February 18) at around 11:30 am when the tomtom owners and workers were trying to calm down in front of the Cox’s Bazar municipality office.
The Awami League and the shop owners’ association have staged a strike in the city in protest of the incident. Police have arrested three people, including a former BCL leader, in the incident.
Sources said that a month ago, the Cox’s Bazar Municipality issued 500 new Tomtom (Easy Bike) licenses to operate in Cox’s Bazar town, but for the last fortnight, the police have been detaining the new license holder Tomtom, calling him ‘illegal’. About 300 such tomtoms have already been detained and kept in police lines.
The affected tomtom owners called for a tomtom strike in the city on Wednesday and staged a protest in front of the municipality office.
Cox’s Bazar Municipality Panel Mayor-1 and District Awami League Organizing Secretary Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury were attacked at around 11:30 am while trying to ‘calm down’ the protesters. Later, a few more people were injured in the counter attack of the municipal employees.
Meanwhile, the Cox’s Bazar Municipal Awami League has staged an immediate protest procession and assembly in the city to protest the attack on panel mayor Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury and demand the arrest of the attackers. Besides, the officers and employees council of the municipality observed a strike.
Municipal Awami League President Nazibul Islam presided over the meeting and General Secretary Ujjwal Kar conducted the meeting. District Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Haque Mukul, Ed. Ranjit Das, Labor Secretary Kazi Shamim, District Juba League General Secretary Shahidul Haque Sohel, Sadar Upazila Awami League General Secretary Mahmudul Karim Madu, Cox’s Bazar Municipality Panel Mayor-2 Helal Uddin Kabir, Councilor Salah Uddin Setu, Cox’s Bazar Shop Owners Federation President, General Various professionals and political leaders including the editor and president of Cox’s Bazar Business Owners Association spoke.
The Federation of Shop Owners’ Associations also went on strike in protest of the incident.
A case has been filed in the police station against 15-20 people including former district BCL leader and president of Tomtom Malik-Sramik Samiti Ruhul Quader Manik and 3 people including the main accused Manik have been arrested, said OC Sheikh Munirul Gias.
He said accused Manik was being treated in police custody. He was also injured in the incident. Besides, two more accused named Abdul Hamid and Mohammad Musa have been arrested.
Cox’s Bazar Municipality Panel Mayor-2 Helal Uddin Kabir said the strike that was started in protest of the attack on Cox’s Bazar Municipality Panel Mayor-1 Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury has been called off.
It was decided to withdraw the ongoing strike in Cox’s Bazar Municipality after arresting 3 people including the main culprit of the incident. As a result, all regular civic services and other activities of Cox’s Bazar Municipality will continue normally from Thursday.
Source: দৈনিক আজাদী by dainikazadi.net.
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