Defying the nation-wide blockade programme called by BNP transport leaders continued to operate transports, including running inter-city-buses.
The scene was visible since early morning on Thursday, the last day of two-day blockade.
Mahmud Hossain, a businessman of Satkhira when asked at Chanchra bus stoppage in Jashore town said that he started moving with his four-member family on a Kushtia bound bus of Rupsha Paribahan that started from Khulna. He was availing the bus paying reasonable fare where no extra fare was charged.
Aminul Islam, driver of a Narail bound passenger bus who started from Khulna said that he began his journey in the morning on Thursday defying the blockade called by the BNP and Jamaat.
‘’As we have no alternative without running the transport, we have taken risk to move on the roads for our survival as no daily workers like the transport workers have enough money to earn bread,” Aminul Islam said.
Ananda Mohan Biswas, a government employee of Kushtia, moving towards Khulna in a Khulna bound bus of Goral Paribahan at Noapara in Jashore said that he has no alternative but to avail public transport to reach his office. Dinabandhu Paul, owner of Dipto Deluxe under the banner of Rupsha Paribahan in Khulna when asked said he had allowed his driver and other staff members to run the buses on their respective Khulna- Kushtia route for the interest of the passengers as well as survival of the staff.
“When the government has been ensuring faster development of the country, each and every citizen should extend their cooperation towards nation building ignoring all barriers and odds at any price. The bus owners of Khulna will not remain out of the route anymore with the call of BNP and Jamaat,” Dinabandhu Paul, said.
Hundreds of people like Dinabandhu and Mohan have availed public transport to show solidarity with the government in restoring peace in the country.