Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday killing of a student in a road accident in Rampura is not merely an accident because at least 15 buses were set on fire within 10 minutes after spreading of the accident news.
"It is a question to the conscience of the nation whether it was a repetition of BNP-Jamaat's past violent activities . . . is it a merely an accident or it is a pre-planned incident," said Obaidul Quader while speaking virtually from his residence at a seminar.
Expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of a student in Rampur road accident, Quader said according to eye-witnesses the incident took place at 10.45pm and within 12 minutes of the incident, live presentation was made in the facebook page of 'Nirapad Sarak Chai' from the spot. Immediately after it, 15 vehicles were set on fire and a number of vehicles were vandalized, he added.
He said the accident news was published in Jamaat-run telegram channel at 11pm which was immediately spread in different social media.
"How the news was made live presentation in the page of Nirapad Sarak Chai, were they taken preparation prior to the incident to do it? How Bansherkella got all the news within 15 minutes and 15 vehicles were set on fire within the next 10 minutes," Quader questioned.
He said how so many people gathered at the accident spot at 11pm. Law enforcement personnel, including police and fire-fighters, could not reach the spot so quickly like the anarchists who reached there. It is also a question how a few number of students reached the spot, he added.
Quader said movement is going on against road accident and those who were becoming victim of road accident now were also students. The government is adamant to bring those who were involved in such accidents to book, he said.
Awami League's science and technology affairs secretary and member secretary of the sub-committee Engineer Md Abdus Sabur, vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University Prof Dr Munaj Ahmed Noor and Teletalk Bangladesh managing director Md Sahab Uddin, among others, spoke at the seminar.
Canadian University of Bangladesh vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Mahfuzul Islam presented the keynote paper at the seminar.