Several hundred students of different universities, including Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), on Thursday formed a human chain at Nadda in the capital protesting the killing of their fellow at BUP, Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, and demanding measures for road safety.
At the human chain programme, they said they would return to the streets on Sunday to continue their protest.On March 19, a bus of Suprobhat Paribahan ran over Abrar at Nadda.
Raihanul, a student of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) said, “Police requested us not to take to the streets considering the sufferings of people. So, we have decided to form a human chain.”
“We’ll continue our programme so that our demands are fulfilled.”
During the human chain, the students carried the national flag as well as placards containing their various demands.
They demanded death penalty to the bus driver who crushed Abrar under the wheels of his vehicle. They also urged the government to bring back traffic discipline on roads.
Azim Chowdhury, a student of BUP said, “We shall observe for sometime whether the government is sincere to its commitments.”The protesting students also gave flowers to police personnel present on the spot as they helped them continue their peaceful protest.
Meanwhile, a faction of agitating students postponed their movement from Thursday giving an ultimatum to the government for one week while another faction pledged to continue their peaceful programme.