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Students’ demo continues

No road blockade, only human chain today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Students’ demo continues

As part of their ongoing movement to realise an 11-point demand, including half bus fare and safe roads, students of different schools, colleges and universities blocked the busy Malibagh-Kuril Biswa road at Rampura in the capital on Wednesday, halting the traffic and causing untold sufferings for commuters.

They, however, announced not to block the road today due to the commencement of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations.

Instead, they will form a human chain on one side of the road from 12 noon to 1:00pm without hindering the movement of vehicles.

During their demonstrations, the students seized at least six police vehicles as drivers failed to show valid papers.

They also checked papers of other vehicles near the Rampura Bridge since the morning.

When they stopped a car with a police sticker, the driver introduced himself as a police officer but was unable to show the driving licence or the vehicle's fitness paper.

"Police seized the car and brought it to Rampura traffic police box in response to the students' demand," said Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Nurul Amin, who was present at the scene.

The students also stopped a vehicle with a sticker of the Ministry of Information/Bangladesh Television which had valid papers but an expired driving licence. Later, the car was fined Tk 1,500. The other demands of the students include ensuring justice for Nayeem Hasan and Mainuddin Islam Durjoy who were killed in separate road accidents in the capital, paying compensation to their families, constructing adequate footbridges from Gulistan to Rampura Bridge, ensuring half fares for students in all public transport across the country through issuing an official notification, cancelling the hiked bus fares, increasing the number of BRTC buses on all routes, good behaviour with students and women in public transport, taking strict action against vehicles without fitness and licences as well as unlicensed drivers, steps to eradicate corruption in BRTA in providing driving licences, increasing the number of traffic police on crowded roads and ensuring streets lights and zebra crossings on all roads.

Durjoy, an SSC examinee, was run over by a bus near Better Life Hospital in Rampura area of the capital on Monday night, killing him on the spot.

His death triggered angry protests, leading to the torching of 12 buses instantly.

Students of different educational institutions also blocked the Rampura Road on Tuesday, protesting the accident.

Over the past week, the students also demonstrated in the city in protest against the death of Notre Dame College student Nayeem Hasan in another road accident and demanding a 50 percent discount on bus fares.

Later, Dhaka Road Transport Owners’ Association announced a 50 percent discount on bus fares in Dhaka city areas on weekdays. The government also announced half passes for all students on BRTC buses.

Meanwhile, students from different educational institutions blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar after a school student was hit by a vehicle on Wednesday morning.

Around 12:00pm, the students blocked the highway in front of Savar Pakiza Garments for about an hour. At that time, they checked papers of vehicles and drivers' licences.

According to the agitating students, Atik, a student of Morning Glory School, was critically injured when he was hit by a vehicle around 8:30am.

Later, he was taken to Enam Medical College Hospital.