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9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Police connive with errant drivers, cause traffic jam

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN

In connivance with the police, some private car drivers are creating traffic chaos on different highways by violating traffic rules. At different junctures some policemen are intentionally inviting traffic jam by letting vehicles coming from the wrong direction pass while keeping those following the rule waiting. This is being done in the name of coping with rush hour pressure. People suffering for hours in the middle of traffic tailbacks on the Dhaka-Tangail, Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Aricha highways during the Eid holidays has become a normal scenario.

Such jams can be reduced if traffic rules are strictly enforced and drivers cooperate with law enforcement agencies, experts say. This correspondent travelled from Tangail to Dhaka via Chandra-Ashulia last Saturday. It was found that the on-duty traffic policemen were letting cars coming from the wrong side pass and stopping those proceeding along the right lane. This caused traffic jams lasting for hours at Balibhadra, Kabirpur and DEPZ on the Chandra-Nabinagar highway, starting from 4pm.

“We think the involved policemen are taking benefits from the wrongdoers. It’s a crime. So, one needs to apply the law strongly against traffic rule violators,” Shaharia Afrin, assistant professor of the criminology department of Dhaka University, told The Independent yesterday.

She said the absence of the rule of law was responsible for the current situation on the highways. ”There are many honest  officers and constables in the police department.

Only a few are involved in wrongdoing. If  

traffic rules are applied against the violators, it would

definitely help reduce traffic jam on the highways and even in the capital,” she added.

She also stressed that car users needed to cooperate in this regard to improve the traffic system. She said drivers often lacked patience and took the wrong lane to get past a traffic jam.

Earlier, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader urged VIPs and ordinary people to change their way of thinking in order to free the roads of traffic congestion.

There was no scope to drive cars on the wrong side of the road, Humayun Kabir, deputy inspector general of police (highway), told this correspondent. ”Police on duty must file cases against vehicles coming from the wrong direction instead of helping them,” he said in reply to a query.

The DEPZ areas became crowded and busy after 4pm as all the factories shut for Iftar, Shariful Islam, additional superintendent of police (traffic), told The Independent.

He said sometimes police failed to control the traffic during rush hours. ”We’ll ensure that no vehicle passes through the wrong side anymore,” he added.

Shariful Islam admitted that traffic congestion sometimes emerged due to wrong-side driving on the Chandra-Nabinagar highway during rush hours.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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