The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami passed off peacefully on Monday in the city and district and was almost ignored by the people. Jamaat called the countrywide shutdown on Monday demanding upholding of Islam as state religion.Traffic was almost normal since this morning as a good number motorized vehicles mostly commuters’ services, buses, all kinds of rickshaws and CNG-run auto-rickshawwere seen plying in the city streets defying the hartal.
Attendance in public, private offices and banks were as usual while trading at Chaktai-Khatungonj, the prime wholesale business hub in the country, was also normal, Khatungonj business association sources said. Operational in all 174 industries at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) went on in full swing and attendances of the workers were almost normal. All scheduled trains to and from the port city left and arrived as per schedules, Railway and CEPZ authority sources said. All domestic and international flights at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport took off and landed according to schedule, airport sources said.
Activities including loading and unloading of cargoes at ships inside the port and outer anchorage were as usual but transportation of goods to and from Chittagong port remained partially halted.Police and witnesses said that there was no picketing or procession by Jamaat-Shibir activists during the shutdown.
2 ice cream factories sealed off
A mobile court of Chittagong District Administration today sealed off two ice cream factories and fined the owners Taka one lakh for using harmful ingredients in producing ice cream.
Executive Magistrate of Chittagong District Administration Mohammad Ruhul Amin led the mobile court at city’s Chandgaon Thana area and sealed off ‘Lucky Ice Bar’ and ‘Dolphin Ice Bar’.
The mobile court also damaged 4,000 pieces of ice cream produced with harmful chemicals during the drive.
The Executive Magistrate said the ice cream factories were sealed off as they were producing ice cream without certificate from the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI).
“They obtained certificates from the City Corporation for producing ice but they were making ice creams using palm oil, citric acid, sodium cyclamate (artificial sweetener) and other chemicals which are harmful to public health”, the Executive Magistrate added.