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Safety road outcry postpones till March 28

Nayadiganta English Desk

20 March 2019,Wednesday, 20:19



A section of agitating students in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka has announced to postpone the ongoing safety movement till March 28 following a meeting with authorities.

The students took to the streets on Wednesday morning for the second consecutive day and barricaded streets at different parts of the city in protest of killing a university student’s death by a reckless bus Tuesday morning.

Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, himself a road safety campaigner, met the tragic end amid a time when Dhaka Metropolitan Police was observing traffic week to bring discipline on the city streets.

Son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, he was a first-year honours student of international relations department at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). He was the elder of two brothers.

Police and fellow students said Abrar was crossing the road through the zebra crossing to catch a bus for his university around 7:30 am on Tuesday. He was crushed under the wheels of a bus roughly racing with another, according to witnesses.

As the news broke out, students burst out to roads in protest and continued the outcry till Wednesday for the second consecutive day.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam met the on-movement students and invited them for sitting with him Wednesday afternoon. “I am with you, I also want justice, please sit with me and we will solve the problem together”.

In response to such urge by the city chief, a representative of the protesting students held a meeting with him on Wednesday evening and came up with the decision of giving the government seven days to meet their demand.

The demands include ensuring the highest punishment of the arrested driver within the shortest possible time; withdrawing all buses having no fitness certificate, and constructing footbridges, underpasses and speed breakers at all vulnerable points.

However, despite the announcement, the agitating students were continuing their demonstration in Bashundhara area till Wednesday evening.

It could not be immediately known whether all sections of the protesting students agreed upon the decision of the representatives.

After the meeting, a student of the 10-member team said they took the decision as the DNCC mayor assured them of meeting their demands.

Later, addressing a press conference at Bashundhara residential area this evening, the representative team said they have given a 7-day ultimatum to the authorities concerned.

They also threatened to resume their demonstration if the authorities do not take steps within the deadline.

Earlier in the afternoon, the students who were agitating in different areas of the capital including Shahbagh and Science Lab areas called off their demonstration for today.

“We Want Justice”, the slogan that reverberated through the city during the teen movement for improving road safety in August last year, has been resurrected this time also.

Road accident, however, is one of the burning crises in Bangladesh. According to private body, Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Organisation, report at least 7,221 people died in road accidents across the country in 2018.

 

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