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Student protest: Lack of transportation options for commuters

  • Published at 12:49 pm August 1st, 2018
Empty road as commuters suffer
The main roads in Dhaka became empty as traffic was halted as students continued protesting for the fourth day following the deaths of two students on Airport Road Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Two students were killed when a bus ploughed through students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road on Sunday

Commuters in different parts of Dhaka are struggling to reach their destinations as students have returned to the streets, protesting the death of two students.

Hundreds of people are walking to their destinations as students from different schools and colleges continued demonstrations, for the fourth consecutive day, on Wednesday.

They blocked Farmgate, Matuwail, Jatrabari, Babu Bazar Bridge, Kabi Nazrul Government College road, Tongi, Housebuilding road, and other areas of Uttara in the morning.

The protesting students are only allowing: ambulances, media vehicles, rickshaws carrying patients, elderly people, and women to pass through.

Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed when a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus ran them over. The bus ploughed through a group of students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road.

Noman Chowdhury, a teacher at a private college in Mohammadpur, said: “I took a rickshaw to go to Azimpur but the students stopped me twice. Then, I had to walk to my destination.”

On the other hand, a homemaker named Tasnima Khatun, of Shantinagar, told the Dhaka Tribune: “My son studies in Willes Little Flower School in Kakrail. I was returning home after picking him up from school but could not get a rickshaw due to the blockade.”

Earlier, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan apologized for grinning after hearing the news of the killing of the two students by a speeding bus.

Shajahan Khan’s apology came at a time when outrage over the deaths of the two teenagers fuelled protests.

People were seen waiting on the roads for public transport, for a long time. Office-goers and school students struggled to reach their destinations on time.

However, some BRTC buses were seen plying the roads of Dhaka.

A woman in a rickshaw gets stuck as students continue their protests for the fourth day in Dhaka | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Students of EH Arif College also raised a barricade at Konabari on Dhaka-Tangail highway around 10am—disrupting traffic, reports UNB.

Additionally, students from different schools and colleges staged demonstrations in the College Gate area of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway— demanding safe roads.

Earlier on Tuesday, the government asked the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and Dhaka Metropolitan Police to take legal action against underage drivers, and drivers without licences, who work in public transportation. 

Noman Chowdhury, a teacher at a private college in Mohammadpur, said: “I took a rickshaw to go to Azimpur but the students stopped me twice. Then, I had to walk to my destination.”

On the other hand, a homemaker named Tasnima Khatun, of Shantinagar, told the Dhaka Tribune: “My son studies in Willes Little Flower School in Kakrail. I was returning home after picking him up from school but could not get a rickshaw due to the blockade.”

Earlier, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan apologized for grinning after hearing the news of the killing of the two students by a speeding bus.

Shajahan Khan’s apology came at a time when outrage over the deaths of the two teenagers fuelled protests.

People were seen waiting on the roads for public transport, for a long time. Office-goers and school students struggled to reach their destinations on time.

However, some BRTC buses were seen plying the roads of Dhaka.

Students of EH Arif College also raised a barricade at Konabari on Dhaka-Tangail highway around 10am—disrupting traffic, reports UNB.

Additionally, students from different schools and colleges staged demonstrations in the College Gate area of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway— demanding safe roads.

Earlier on Tuesday, the government asked the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and Dhaka Metropolitan Police to take legal action against underage drivers, and drivers without licences, who work in public transportation.