Friday, 30 September, 2022

Students stage sit-in protesting mismanagement at railway

Students stage sit-in protesting mismanagement at railway

CHUADANGA: Students of different schools and colleges staged a sit-in at Chuadanga railway station on Wednesday protesting black marketing of train tickets, irregularities in ticket sale and passengers harassment.

The students staged the protest programme for an hour from 12pm to press home their six-point demands.

They also demanded equal opportunity for everyone in purchasing ticket online or offline.

They also sought a long-term plan for the development of railway infrastructures along and increase in the number of trains.

Earlier Dhaka University student Mohiuddin Rony staged a one-man protest against corruption in the country's rail administration for 13 days till Tuesday.

He was forced to come off his daily program at Kamalapur Station on Tuesday. Instead he submitted a memorandum containing his demands and grievances to the director general of Bangladesh Railway.

He started protesting alleged mismanagement and corruption at Bangladesh Railway before Eid ul Azha, after falling victim to the dodgy e-ticketing system.

"Kamalapur Station authority stopped me from entering the station territory yesterday, and today when I went to submit my memorandum to the director general of Bangladesh Railway (at Rail Bhaban), Ansar-police tried to block me from entering the building," Rony said.

He had been showing up at the station since July 8, with a 6-point charter of demands to reform the railway system.

His demands are to stop passenger harassment by e-ticketing platform, to prevent the black market chain of ticket selling, to stop the online booking system altogether and facilitate an easier, more transparent way to buy any type of ticket for the masses, to increase the number of trains to meet demand, and finally to form strong monitoring cell that truly ensures quality service on behalf of BR, right down to the price of goods like water, food etc... in the train.