• Sunday, Jan 24, 2021
  • Last Update : 02:27 am

Not far enough from the madding crowd

  • Published at 01:42 am February 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:46 am February 22nd, 2017
Not far enough from the madding crowd
Forty-year-old housewife Amina Ahmed takes her nine-year-old daughter Nisa to join the Probhat Feri every year. Unlike before, this year the crowd was unbearable. Pushed by the masses, Amina and Nisa were shoved onto a nearby barricade. Amina’s sari got tangled in the barricade and was ripped and Nisa’s hands were injured by the barbs. Protective of her child, Amina appealed to the crowds, asking them to stop pushing, but no one listened. University student Saima Nayeem has asthma, and the overcrowding made her feel claustrophobic and brought on an attack. “I come each year. But the crowd is too much this year. It made me sick. I urged people let me leave the procession line, but no one helped,” said Saima. “I finally managed to find a place on the footpath where I was able to stop and use my inhaler. I then rejoined the procession,” she added. Amina, Nisa and Saima were just part of the many who faced problems while visiting the Shaheed Minar on Tuesday. Visitors to the Shaheed Minar claim that the law enforcement agencies and the authorities concerned did not make proper arrangement for entry and exit from the location. Had they done so, much pain and turmoil could have been avoided. Farhad Mia, a government employee, said: “I expected it to be crowded today, but not this much. The authorities should take steps to ensure a peaceful and disciplined procession like in previous years.” Sohel Rana, a businessman, said: “The Probhat Feri was haphazard this year. Creating this sort of one-way flow for the procession – from Polashi intersection to Shaheed Minar – causes much crowding and leads to injuries and other suffering.” Police and members of Bangladesh National Cadet Corps were stationed near the central area to help maintain discipline among the crowds. The new security measures also included barricades in front of Swadhinata Chattar, which created a bottleneck leading to the metal detector machines spaced two to three feet apart. At one point, the pushing and shoving evolved into all out physical violence which only abated when police stepped in. “People ignore instructions and their lack of discipline causes all the problems,” said police officials. Maruf Hasan Sarder, deputy commissioner (Ramna zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told the Dhaka Tribune: “This year a much larger crowd thronged the Shaheed Minar, but we had the situation firmly in control. There were no untoward incidents reported.” He added that people need to be more disciplined, since they are the real reason for all the public suffering faced during the Probhat Feri.
50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail