• Businesses seek HC restrictions on hartal, blockade

    Four leading business bodies today filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking restrictions on hartal and blockade in the country in an attempt to save business from financial loss.

    Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Textiles Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association jointly submitted the petition.

    They also prayed to the High Court seeking its directives upon the government to extend the duration for loan payment to 12 years as their business activities are greatly hampered due to the present violent situation amidst the hartal and blockade. The business organisations usually repay their loan in three to four years.

    The business organisations urged the court to ask the government for compensating as they suffered immense loss due to the ongoing hartal and blockade.

    The HC bench of Justice Kazi Reza-Ul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman started hearing the petition today. Later, it fixed tomorrow for further hearing.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament on Wednesday that the country had incurred a loss of over Tk 1, 20,000 crore in the first 52 days of the BNP-Jamaat’s blockade.

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