Dhaka, Mar 28 — Malibagh is just within five-minute walking distance from Razarbagh Police Lines. But no police were seen during the time when rickshaw-pullers vandalised over 100 vehicles on the road stretching from Purana Paltan to Rampura via Malibagh.
Driver 'Slahuddin', whose car was vandalised, told bdnews24.com that there were only two traffic policemen in the area when the demonstrating rickshaw-pullers broke all the window glasses of his car on Monday noon.
"They vandalised one car after another but no police was seen," he alleged.
'Jasim', salesman of a Mouchak Market shop, alleged that the demonstrators attacked a vehicle carrying schoolchildren.
Rickshaw-pullers and owners went on the rampage during demonstrations against a government decision that made the three-wheelers out of bounds on the streets.
Witnesses said the demonstrators forming small groups damaged vehicles with sticks, rods and brickbats.
All the shops in the area were shut during the destruction as panic spread over the people.
The demonstrators, however, left the area when transport workers, local hawkers and shop employees started to gather around 12:30pm.