25 vehicles vandalised in Ctg over bus fare hike

Ref: Angry commuters vandalised at least 25 buses and local human haulers in Chittagong city on Wednesday protesting a hike in bus fare by the owners through introducing ticketing service.

Locals said the vehicles were vandalised on Bandartila, Kaptai Rastar Matha, Bahaddarhat and Iqbal Boarding roads of the port city around 8:30am, causing immense sufferings to the commuters.

Passengers alleged that the owners of a number of buses and human-haulers introduced the ticketing service in the city since Monday.

Since then, they started to realise Tk 5 per kilometer instead of previous Tk 2 or 3 from the passengers.

Abul Kalam Azad, convener of Chittagong District Road Transport Owners’ Group, confirmed the incident, reports our Chittagong correspondent.

Abdul Mannan, assistant commissioner (Panchlaish Zone) of Chittagong, however alleged that the vandalism took place due to an internal clash between two rival groups of transport owners following a chaos over the ticketing service.

“We are suspecting that two factions of the owners’ group were involved with the vandalism as it spread to different areas of the port city at a time”, the AC added.

Rapid Action Battalion teams are patrolling the city as a tense situation prevailing there.

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