Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Corruption, Traffic Rules Violation

Students to show red cards in protest today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Students to show red cards in protest today
Students stage demonstration on the Rampura Bridge in the capital on Friday, demanding road safety. —Md Nasir Uddin

As part of their movement, the agitating students on Friday announced a new campaign of showing red card protesting irregularities on roads.

A group of students once again demonstrated in the Rampura Bridge area on Friday to press home their demands.

They marched to the Rampura intersection around 11 am and stayed there for about 40 minutes.

Students of Khilgaon Model University College, West Khilgaon High School, Faizur Rahman Ideal Institute and several other educational institutions participated in the programme.

Though Friday was a weekly holiday, the students came out wearing the uniforms of their respective educational institutions.

They left the road announcing that they will gather at Rampura Bridge at 12 pm today and show ‘red card’ to those who defy traffic rules or engage in corruption on the roads.

“We will continue to protest until our demands are met. It is mismanagement and corruption in traffic rules. As a result, accidents are taking place. We will show red cards against corruption,” said Shohagi Samia, a spokesperson of the protesters.

“The vehicles are running without driver’s license and fitness by bribing the administration,” Samia said.

She also said that their campaign has been designed in a way that it will not cause any inconvenience to the HSC examinees.

Though, traffic was light on Friday, the demonstrations caused slight disruption to the movement of vehicles.

As the students marched back to Merul Badda following a rally at Rampura Bridge, they requested a policeman on duty to stop a Raida Paribahan bus and check its papers.

But Emon Hossain Nayeem, a student of a local college, later alleged that he was physically assaulted by the police.

“A policeman pushed me and tried to strangle me, saying, ‘I’ll take you into remand’. Later, he went away when my classmates protested,” Nayeem said.

Ramzan Ali, a sub-inspector of Badda Police Station, denied the allegation. “The student’s complaint is false,” he said.

Earlier on Thursday, the students staged protests despite the efforts of law enforcement agencies to prevent it. Police, however, said they had information that “outsiders may infiltrate the movement and create anarchy”.

“If any outsider infiltrates the movement and tries to take political advantage, it’s the police who should give us protection. They have no right to stop us from placing our logical demand,” Shohagi said.

Students have been demonstrating on the streets to press home a number of demands, including a concession on public transport fares for them after the rate was hiked.  They have been blocking roads in parts of Dhaka over the past few weeks in protest. The protests intensified in the wake of the deaths of two students in road accidents in Gulistan and Rampura in the capital.

Bus owners in Dhaka conditionally agreed to reduce the fares by half for students but protesters rejected it and pledged to continue with their movement.

Their demands include a discounted fare for students across the country, not just in Dhaka, and for all hours.