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Desperate Struggle: Street Vendors Against Authorities

A violent clash erupted in the New Market area in Chattogram when street vendors clashed with law enforcement during an eviction operation, leaving at least ten people injured, including five police officers. The confrontation escalated into vandalism and violence, further exacerbating an already tense situation.

The battle lines were drawn when mobile courts attempted to evict street vendors from the streets and sidewalks they had illegally occupied. The vendors, many of whom have been operating in the area for years, fiercely resisted the eviction operation. As tensions rose and the situation spiraled out of control, both sides suffered casualties.

The president of the Chattogram Street Vendors Association, Md. Jabbar Hossain, alleged that the police fired upon street vendors in an attempt to suppress the protests. However, security officials maintain that they only used force to control the escalating situation. The truth seems to lie somewhere amidst these conflicting narratives.

The roots of this conflict run deep, with street vendors having illegally established new stalls on the sidewalks of several streets around New Market. Despite repeated claims by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the Street Vendors Committee (TVC) to prevent such occupations, the problem persists. The recent eviction operations have left thousands of street vendors unemployed, further exacerbating tensions.

The situation is especially severe on streets like Hogg Street, Chowringhee Place, and Humayun Place, where street vendors have occupied up to 6 feet of the road, leaving barely any space for vehicles to pass through. A street vendor who has been operating in the area for over a decade, Mohammad Salim, revealed that many street vendors settle there in the hope of benefiting from a rehabilitation package if they are removed.

However, the TVC has clarified that only registered street vendors whose names were surveyed a year ago will be eligible for rehabilitation. Officials from the SS Hogg Market Traders Association are increasingly frustrated with the situation, which they say is “choking New Market to death”.

As the dust settles on this latest clash, it remains to be seen how authorities will address the ongoing issue of street vending occupation and resulting unemployment. For now, residents of Chattogram must face the chaos and uncertainty that have become all too familiar in their daily lives.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why did the violent clash occur in the New Market area in Chattogram?
– The clash occurred when street vendors clashed with law enforcement during an eviction operation.

2. How many people were injured in the clash?
– At least ten people were injured, including five police officers.

3. Why did the street vendors resist the eviction operation?
– Many of the street vendors have been operating in the area for years and fiercely resisted the eviction operation.

4. Why did the president of the Chattogram Street Vendors Association allege that the police fired upon street vendors?
– The president of the Street Vendors Association alleged that the police fired upon street vendors in an attempt to suppress the protests.

5. What is the situation regarding the occupation of street vendors on streets like Hogg Street, Chowringhee Place, and Humayun Place?
– Street vendors have illegally occupied up to 6 feet of the road on these streets, leaving little space for vehicles to pass through.

6. Who will be eligible for rehabilitation according to the Street Vendors Committee?
– Only registered street vendors whose names were surveyed a year ago will be eligible for rehabilitation.

7. What is the concern of the SS Hogg Market Traders Association?
– The SS Hogg Market Traders Association is frustrated with the situation as they believe it is “choking New Market to death”.

Definitions:

– Street vendors: People who sell goods or services on the streets, usually using a mobile structure or cart.
– Eviction operation: Action taken by authorities to remove people who illegally occupy a place.
– Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC): Organization responsible for managing municipal affairs in Kolkata, India.

Suggested Related Links:
– New Market in Chattogram
– Chattogram Street Vendors Association
– Street Vendors Committee (TVC)
– SS Hogg Market Traders Association