KHULNA, Nov 9: Over 1,000 battery-run easy bikes were parked roughly by their drivers at different points of the whole city following a pre-meditated plan aiming to halt all city communications on Sunday.
The agitating drivers arranged the blockade programme protesting against the Khulna City Corporation Authority's (KCC) recent ban on plying of battery-run auto-rickshaws on the city roads. As a result city communications were disrupted for long six hours before the police had succeeded in convincing them.
They also demanded more licenses for the battery-run easy-bikes from KCC and asked the Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Authority to withdraw the ban.
Abdul Halim and Saheb Ali, two of the agitating drivers, told this correspondent, "We've repeatedly informed the concerned authorities all about our two-point demand. Since no step was taken in this regard, we are compelled to press the strike."
"We will call indefinite strike," they threatened and urged the authorities to meet their demands by Monday (today).
The drivers brought out a brisk procession in the city and handed over a memorandum to the lawmaker of Khulna-2 constituency Mizanur Rahman Mizan to realize their demand.
However, the protesters had withdrawn the strike around 12:00pm today as the lawmaker assured them that he will talk with KCC Mayor and Police Commissioner about the issue, they added.
On November 7, Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Authority banned on
plying of unauthorized electric three-wheelers as hundreds of unlicensed bikes flooded the streets in the city and its adjoining areas.