A students’ platform has urged the government to ensure public safety on the highways before the beginning of the Eid-ul-Fitr vacations, which generally sees a rush of holidaymakers on the roads across the country.
Under the banner of “Deepto Slogan,” a section of Dhaka University (DU) students formed a human chain to push for their demands in front of the National Museum in Dhaka’s Shahbagh on Thursday. A good number of students from different departments of the university had joined the program.
Addressing a human chain, former DU vice-chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique said only social awareness could lessen the number of road accidents.
“Both drivers and passengers of the vehicles should be alert to avoid such incidents,” he said, adding that it would not be wise to blame anyone alone for the deaths caused by road accidents.
“Government, law enforcement agencies, drivers, passengers, pedestrians and all the concerned authorities have some responsibilities. If we all act responsibly, then the roads will surely become safe,” he said.
Arefin, however, also demanded proper compensation for the victims of road accidents.
Jewel Mia, a teacher of DU’s Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies Department, also spoke at the program.
Later, Deepto Slogan’s Convener Shakhawat Al Amin placed their 11-point charter of demands, which included preparing all the highways usable before the Eid, identifying the accident-prone areas, taking action against unfit vehicles, deploying more traffic police at the signals and punishing those who avoid using foot over bridges or underpass.