Sunday, 31 May 2020

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Work at the Teknaf border land port in Cox’s Bazaar district recommenced on January 7, after an indefinite strike enforced by businessmen was withdrawn.

Activities at the port ground to a halt on December 31 following a brawl between a businessman and a port manager over clearance of a truck carrying excess of imported dried fish from Burma. 

The incident occurred at the land port on the night of December 31 as businessman Abdul Amin of Teknaf was trying to obtain a gate pass for his dried fish-laden truck without paying tax to the port authorities, sources said.

The exporters and importers and truckers brought out a procession inside the port area and later held a rally on the Teknaf-Cox’s Bazaar highway the following day demanding gate pass for the dried fish-laden truck and removal of the two port officials, whom they held responsible for assaulting a trucker and a helper.

A meeting between the businessmen and port authorities was held at Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi officer's (UNO’s) office at 11 am on that day. After the port authorities at the meeting announced to withdraw two officials, reportedly responsible for the incident, the businessmen called off their strike.

The government and the port authorities incurred a huge loss of  about Taka 20 million in revenue due to the strike, said Mahmudul Hasan, the president of Exporters, Importers and Businessmen's Association.

UNO Nazim Uddin said the businessmen withdrew their strike after the meeting decided to withdraw port officials Jasim Uddin and Salah Uddin in the next three days and meeting other demands of the businessmen.

Supply of different imported commodities including perishable goods like fish to Dhaka, Chittagong and other parts of the country started at 3 pm on that day.