CHITTAGONG, Aug. 27: Alhaj ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, former Mayor of the Chittagong City Corporation and the President of the Chittagong City unit of the ruling Awami League and the Chairman of the Chittagong Port Protection Committee, has given an ultimatum to the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to cancel the illegal appointment of Saif Powertec by September 15 next.
"Otherwise I will launch a vigorous movement against the illegal Port operator," he threatened.
In a large workers' gathering in front of the Chittagong Port Bhavan, this afternoon, Mohiuddin Chowdhury declared the action programme that includes wearing of black badges from September 1 to 3 next and hunger strike on September 7 next from 10 am to 6.30 pm.
Presided over by Iskander Mia, the meeting was addressed among others by Momtazuddin, Ohidullah Sarker and Jasimuddin Khan.
Mohiuddin Chowdhury also indirectly claimed that he was informed about seven corrupt officials who are enjoining the blessings of the Saif Powertec.
Mohiuddin Chowdhury alleged that Saif Powerteck, a private organization, has made the Chittagong Port a hostage in connivance with the members of a mafia group.
He alleged that the organisation has been appointed by the CPA illegally without any tender.
Mohiuddin alleged that a conspiracy is on over the operation of the newly constructed New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) of the Chittagong Port.
He said that the organisation has no experience of stevedoring and cargo handling at all.
Mohiuddin Chowdhury furthet alleged that Saif Powertec is backed by an influnetial group of the present government and the senior officials of the Chittagong Port Authority. But he did not elaborate.
Mohiuddin Chowdhury said that the steps taken by the CPA by appointing Saif Powertec illegally was quite against the decision of the Prime Minister.