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22 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Police, BRTA fail to bring discipline on roads: DMP

Probe body to inspect papers of Jabal-e-noor, Suprobhat buses
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Police, BRTA fail to bring discipline on roads: DMP

DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia yesterday admitted that both police and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) had failed to curb reckless driving and enforce discipline on city roads. “When accidents take place, we stand on the dock. We cannot answer about it, but it needs to change. We have to take some steps for the traffic system.

Now the law will have to be applied strictly. Legal steps will also be taken against any pedestrian who causes accidents,” the Dhaka metro police chief said while addressing a “Traffic Awareness Programme” at Mahanagar Natya Mancha in Dhaka.

He reiterated his call to bus owners to abolish the system of daily contracts with drivers and their helpers to bring discipline on roads. Asaduzzaman also said tougher actions will be taken against unfit vehicles and no random parking will be allowed in the city.

He sought the help and cooperation of the agitating students to restore traffic discipline on Dhaka roads. Meanwhile, hundreds of students from different universities formed a human chain at Bashundhara Gate on Pragati Sarani yesterday to protest against reckless driving that claimed the life of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Hossain Chowdhury. Their faces covered with black cloths, the protestors stood for three hours with placards that said, “We want justice”. Speaking on behalf of the demonstrators, BUP student Fahim Chowdhury reiterated that they would protest again if their eight-point demands were not met.

“The mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Atiqul Isalm asked for seven days and we gave him that. We will hit the roads again on Sunday to observe our protest programme,” he said.

Later, the police arrived at Bashundhara Gate and asked the protesting students to move. After speaking with the law enforcers, the students shifted the demonstration to the road in front of Jamuna Future Park.

The students chanted slogans calling for road safety and for the driver responsible for the death of Abrar to be given the death sentence.

The protesting students also gave flowers to the police personnel on the spot as they were helping the students to continue their peaceful protest.

Earlier on Wednesday, agitating students from different universities had hit the streets with fresh demands for safe roads. They blocked major thoroughfares across the capital for a large part of the day.

After a meeting with the mayor, however, the students postponed their agitation till March 28. Traffic on Pragati Sarani was relatively normal yesterday given that there were no road blockades.

“We didn’t receive any news of roads being blocked at Rampur, Badda and Pragati Sarani,” said MA Ahmed Humayun, additional deputy commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Badda Zone.

Meanwhile, workers were seen piling the ground beside the foundation plaque of the foot over bridge in front of Bashundhara Gate, which is named after Abrar.

The plaque was unveiled in front of the protesting students by the DNCC mayor.

In another development, Also yesterday, the BRTA formed a five-member probe committee to scrutinize the papers of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ and ‘Suprovat Paribahan’.

BRTA deputy director (engineering) Shofiquzzaman Bhuiyan said the committee headed by BRTA director Sirajul Islam (training) has been asked to submit report within three working days.

Earlier in the day, students from Rajshahi University and Chittagong University demonstrated in solidarity with the protest for safer roads in Dhaka.

Rajshahi University students blocked Rajshahi-Dhaka highway for one-and-a-half hours in protest. They hit the road near the campus main gate around 9.30 am and held their position till 11 am, our RU correspondent reported.

Several hundred students of Chittagong University formed a human chain at Central Shaheed Minar on the campus yesterday.

Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury was run over by a bus of Shuprobhat Paribahan on Tuesday while he was reportedly using a zebra crossing near Bashundhara residential area

Abrar, himself a road safety campaigner, met this tragic end while DMP was observing traffic week to bring discipline on city roads.

Last year, the death of two students in a road accident had triggered countrywide protests with students blocking roads and boycotting classes.



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