Police on Tuesday intercepted a group of workers as they tried to move towards opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence with a memorandum seeking change in the nature of the 18-party’s movement.
Police and witnesses said several hundred workers, mainly rickshaw-pullers, auto-rickshaw drivers and day-labourers under the banner of ‘Khete Khawa Manush’ thronged the Gulshan-2 intersection since the morning.
At one stage, they brought out a precession towards Khaleda’s residence around 12:15 noon.
Police intercepted them as they crossed the intersection, forcing the workers to take position on the streets for a while.
Later, police allowed a delegation of the workers to go the opposition leader’s house to hand over the memorandum.
The workers, however, alleged that no one from the Khaleda’s house received the memorandum. They left the Gulshan intersection at about 12:40pm.
In the memorandum, the workers urged the opposition leader to refrain from enforcing violent programs like hartal and blockade which wreak havoc on their livelihoods and security. “We request, you please change the nature of action of the ongoing movement,” the memorandum says.
Earlier, on Monday, police foiled the move of a group of transport workers, under the banner of ‘Sammilito Garhi Chalok Samaj’ to lay a siege to Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence protesting the ongoing blockade programme.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance enforced the second spell of blockade at 6:00am on Saturday demanding cancellation of the schedule for the 10th parliamentary elections billed for January 5 and protesting the filing of ‘false cases’ against its leaders and activists.
The alliance, however, extended the road-rail-waterway blockade program by 59 hours till 5 pm on Thursday (Dec 5).
Police intercept workers as they move towards Khaleda’s residence