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Security lacking in Bangladesh is almost in many aspect and at this moment, transport owners are suffering from lack of security on roads & highways. Recent stories had created such awareness that businesses are ending up with much lesser profit then their minimum expectation. Which is letting the country’s economy to go down eventually.
As we understand that the road transportation is very important for any business in order to shift goods and supplies from place to place, city to city. And when it comes to security and/or hijacking in open roads or highways then how a business would run. The threat being raised through this press discussion is to pay attention to the government of republic people, Bangladesh to take step to prevent the country’s economy from falling any further.
When a truck/heavy vehicles are attacked on the road then not only the company is loosing it’s goods, hijackers are also killing the drivers on the spot to avoid any witness for their stealing incident. Owners and transport leaders of Dhaka and Chittagong at a press conference at Chittagong Press Club also accused the law enforcers of being reluctant to move against the criminals and harassing the victims.
They placed a 16-point demand, giving the government a three-month ultimatum to fulfill them. They warned that they would wage a “tougher movement” should the government fail to meet the demands.
The demands include increased monitoring on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, immediate measures to recover the looted goods and hijacked vehicles, arrest of the criminals, steps against those who purchase the looted goods and intensifying police patrolling by highway police at night and setting up of check posts in danger zones.
Vehicle owners and transport leaders said the highway from Meghna-Gomti Bridge to Ashulia is the most hijack-prone area where around 90 percent of the looting takes place.
“At least 30 MS rod-laden trucks and 20 other vehicles carrying goods were looted in the last one month. During the same period, at least eight transport workers were killed by the robbers,” Sirajul Haque, chairman of Inter-District Goods-laden Transport Association, told The Daily Star.
“We do not get support from the police stations concerned after such incidents. They [police] do not even take cases in most of the cases and try to shift the responsibilities on to other police stations. This is harassment,” he added.
Abul Kashem Majumder, secretary general of Bangladesh Auto Re-Rolling and Steel Mills Association, said incidents of hijacking of trucks loaded with rods and other goods were increasing day by day.
He said criminals were getting desperate and taking advantage of police reluctance in checking the menace.
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