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Govt gets 72-hr to withdraw illegal human hauliers in 5 dists

This Star file photo taken on May 17 shows Easy bikes plying Chittagong city roads rampantly.

Shirshobindu Desk: This Star file photo taken on May 17 shows Easy bikes plying Chittagong city roads rampantly.

The High Court today directed the government to stop the plying of illegal three-wheelers on the highways of five southern districts within 72 hours.

Deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of Barisal, Khulna, Madaripur, Faridpur and Rajbari have been asked to comply with the order and submit a report before it by two weeks.

The bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Khasruzzaman issued the order in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

The order will be effective on Nosimon, Kariman, Bhutbhuti, Mahindra and easy bikes. The rights group recently submitted the writ petition to the HC saying that these vehicles were plying the highways without permission from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

Many people lost lives due to accidents caused by the running of such vehicles, the petitioner said. During the hearing today, petitioner’s counsel Manzill Murshid told the court that the local authority did not take any effective steps to stop plying of these vehicles on the highways.

Therefore, the people’s rights have been violated, he said.

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