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Students block Shahbagh intersection demanding safer roads

Staff Correspondent

20 March 2019,Wednesday, 15:13



Alongside their ongoing demonstration at Pragati Sarani, hundreds of students took position in city’s Shahabagh area in the morning as movement for safer roads spread across the capital today, a day after the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals student Abrar in road crash.

Hundreds of students of schools, colleges and universities gathered at Shahbagh area around 11 am blocked the city’s key Shahbagh intersection, paralyzing parts of the capital.

Abrar, son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, died as a bus of ‘Suprovat Paribahan’ ran over him in front of the Bashundhara gate around 7:15am on Tuesday, sparking protest in the city.

Students of various private universities instantly took to the streets and blocked the road in front of Jamuna Future Park and protested. They also set afire the bus that ran over Abrar’s death.

Protesters blocked the street in front of Bashundhara for the second day today. They vowed to continue the demonstrations ignoring the requests of Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam and police.

Meanwhile, students in Sylhet’s South Surma upazila demonstrated blocking the road demanding justice for Abrar.

The death of two college students on Airport Road in July last year sparked a countrywide road safety movement.

 

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