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Sun, Apr 21, 2019 8:08

Strike deadlocks country’s paper market

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The paper market of the country became deadlock as traders and workers of Old Dhaka continued strike for three consecutive days protesting “harassment and demanding withdrawal of cases” filed by customs bond officials.

The paper market of the country became deadlock as traders and workers of Old Dhaka continued strike for three consecutive days protesting “harassment and demanding withdrawal of cases” filed by customs bond officials.

It has been seen on the spot visit, all the shops of paper at Babubazar, Nayabazar and Jindabazar remained closed and traders coming from different parts of the country to buy papers were returning their homes.

The traders claimed that the paper crisis will go up if the situation (strike) continues few more days.

On Wednesday last, customs bond officials seized three covered vans of a paper businessman as there was no papers of import. At one stage, customs officials and traders locked into an altercation over the issue. Later, they locked into a clash that left 18, including policemen and customs officials, injured.

Customs officials alleged that their five vehicles were vandalized and case was filed against workers and traders in this connection. Later, the traders and workers called strike.

Assistant Commissioner of Dhaka Customs Bond Commissionerate Akhter Hossain said, “Special drives are being conducted to prevent selling products in black market, which was imported taking bond facility in the open market.”

To prevent selling this product, a preventive team led by deputy commissioner Rizvi Ahmed conducted drives in capital’s Nayabazar, Babubazar and Armanitola areas and the three covered vans filled with duplex board.

“A vested quarter attacked the officials during the drives and our five vehicles were damaged and 18 officials injured,” he said.

Refuting allegation of filing case against the workers, the customs bond official said, “Nobody is being harassed. We are taking action according to law.”

A competent source of Bangladesh Paper Merchant Association claimed that some businessmen are importing more newsprint and packaging papers taking the benefit of tax-free and they sell them in wholesale market in high price. As a result, the government is being deprived from the tax.

It was known, the customs officials sought papers of newsprint import to businessman Mahfuzur Rahman but he was failed to show the documents. So, the covered vans were seized and workers of Mahfuzur Rahman attacked customs officials. On information, police rushed in and brought the situation under control.

Kotwali Police Station sources said Mahfuzur Rahman and four workers were arrested after the case was filed.

Paper Merchant Association sources claimed the traders import huge papers more than demand and then they sell the additional papers in wholesale market.

“The government has to take initiative to prevent the illegal activities and the officials should conduct regular drives,” said a competent source of the association.

Besides, the paper producers are counting huge loss for the strike. They cannot sell their produced papers due to the strike.  

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