With a slogan of “Roads are not death land; we want to live”, Katiadi Raktadan Samity arranged an hour-long human chain protesting ongoing road accidents in Kishoreganj’s Katiadi upazila.
Ignoring the cold wave different social organisations, students, teachers, guardians, politicians, journalists and other professionals took part in it at the Baniyagram bus stand on Tuesday morning.Road accidents on Bhairab-Kishoreganj regional highway become a regular menace costing people’s lives now and then. Jannatul Ferdous Sarika, a talented student of Mashua High School who obtained GPA 5 in the recently published PEC examination’s result, became the latest victim of a deadly accident in Baniyagram bus stand on 5 January.
Earlier, different organisations observed human chains and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister protesting it.
Consequently, the local administration identified Vogpara to Madhyapara region as an accident-prone area and hanged directions fixing 40 kilometers as the maximum speed limit of vehicles. But due to carelessness and reckless driving of the transport drivers accidents are happening and taking the lives of people.
The human chain was anchored by Katiadi Raktadan Samity’s coordinator Badrul Alam Nayeem. Former upazilla chairman and upazilla Awami League’s general secretary Abdul Wahab Ainuddin, former upazilla vice chairman Shafikul Islam Morol, Achmita UP chairman Mahbubur Rahman Bacchu, Achmita union Awami League’s president freedom fighter Mosharraf Hossain, journalist Sarwar Hossain Shahin and Rafiqul Hayder Titu, social activist Rajib Sarker Polash, and convener of Baniyagram Banik Samity Obaydullah Akand Bhubon addressed the programme.
Speakers came out with a 12-point demand to aware the drivers and reduce the amount of accidents. They claimed to evict the roadside shops and establish CC camera beside the road. At the end of the human chain participants distributed leaflets and stickers among the transport drivers and passengers.