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Demand for Half Bus Fare

Students give 2-day ultimatum

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Students give 2-day ultimatum
Students of different educational institutions stage demonstrations at Dhanmondi in the capital on Saturday in protest against the death of Notre Dame College student Nayeem Hasan in a road accident. – Md nasir uddin

The agitating students issued a two-day ultimatum to the government on Saturday to meet their various demands, including half-fares of public buses.

If their demands are not met by the deadline, they will take to the street tomorrow (Monday) and besiege Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office in the capital on Tuesday.

The ultimatum came from a street demonstration in which hundreds of students from different educational institutions took part to realise their demands.

During their demonstrations, they checked driving licences, fitness certificates and other documents of drivers and vehicles.

A large number of students from different schools and colleges took to the street at Dhanmondi-27, Asadgate, Shahbagh, Science Lab, Jatrabari and some other parts in the capital.

Students of Dhanmondi Government Boys High School staged a sit-in sat on Mirpur Road at Dhanmondi-27 in the capital in the morning.

Later, the pupils of Ideal Commerce College, Mohammad Preparatory School and College, Duaripara University College, Birshreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf Public College, Lalmatia Mohila College, New Model Degree College and Dhaka Residential Model College joined them.

The protesters chanted various slogans to draw the government’s attention to meet their demands.

City College, Dhaka College, Tejgaon College and other schools and colleges took to the streets at Science Lab and Shahbagh areas of the capital.

Their demands include ensuring of compensation for the students, including Notre Dame College student Nayeem, killed in road accidents; ensuring compensation and rehabilitation of   all the passengers and transport staffers wounded in the road accidents; issuance a notification declaring half-fares for students in road, water and rail ways’ transports; arranging trainings for drivers and helpers; ensuring monitoring and accountability of all activities of  the BRTA; modernising traffic management; stopping sexual harassment and violence to women in buses;  making planned bus stoppages and parking lots and making certain its uses; no bus can take excess passengers.

They said they placed their demands to the BRTA on Thursday and the BRTA took a week for a decision.

If the authorities concerned do not meet their demands by the deadline, they will lay a siege to the BRTA office.

Deputy Commissioner of Tejgaon Crime Division Biplob Kumar Sarkar said police were agreed on their demands, but they (students) should not block roads during demonstrations, causing public sufferings.

The agitating learners moved from the roads around 2:00pm and traffic retuned to normality.

The students of Kabi Nazrul Government College and Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College took position at Rayshaheb Bazar and Shakharibazar crossings in the capital and staged demonstrations to meet the same demands.

Blocking roads at Jatrabari, the students of Mahbubur Rahman Molla College, Jatrabari Ideal College and other schools and colleges demonstrated and demanded exemplary punishment for the Dhaka South City Corporation driver and others responsible for the death of student Nayeem.

Nayeem, a student of Notre Dame College, was run over and killed by a garbage-carrying vehicle of DSCC in the capital a few days ago.