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Student movement for half bus fare goes on

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Student movement for
half bus fare goes on
Half Bus Fare - Holding a placard reading ‘Half bus fare is not begging, it’s out right,’ college students block a road in the capital’s Mohammadpur area on Monday, demanding half fare on public transport. —SUN photo

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Traffic was badly snarled up in and around Mohammadpur Town Hall in the capital on Monday morning, as students of different schools and colleges took to the street to press home their various demands, including half-price bus fare.

As part of their ongoing protests, they blocked the road in front of Allah Karim Jame Mosque at Mohammadpur Bus Stand and chanted various slogans to press home their demand.

Students, however, were allowing emergency vehicles to ply on the roads.

Also on Sunday, students of Begum Badrunnessa Government Girls College blocked Bakshibazar intersection in the capital protesting against harassment of a student by a bus staff member over half-price bus fare.

On Saturday, the helper of a bus driver of 'Thikana Paribahan' harassed a female student of the college when she offered half-price bus fare.

Protesting against the incident, the college students took out a procession on the campus demanding punishment of the helper. As they later staged a sit-in on the road, traffic was halted there.

Students of Dhaka College, Shaikh Burhanuddin Post Graduate College, Government Titumir College and Tejgaon College also joined them.

Earlier on Saturday, 10 buses were vandalised by the students of Dhaka College and City College in the capital's Science Laboratory area on Mirpur Road.

They also blocked the road and chanted slogans to press their demand. Following the incident, traffic came to a halt causing immense sufferings to commuters.