School and college students are demonstrating in Dhaka and across the country demanding road safety
The Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA), the DU unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, and BNP-Jamaat-backed white panel teachers of the university have expressed solidarity with the students demonstrating on Dhaka streets demanding road safety.
DUTA issued a statement signed by President Prof ASM Maksud Kamal and General Secretary Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam on Thursday evening, urging the government to take steps to implement the protesters' demands.
“Road accidents have been occurring due to irregularities. Extortion in the transportation sector has been going on for a long time, and traffic mismanagement makes it difficult to properly implement the traffic law,” the DUTA statement said.
“All demands put forth by the protesters are logical. The government should take steps to meet the demands.”
Meanwhile, 23 white panel teachers of DU, led by Convener Prof Akhter Hossain Khan, brought out a silent procession on the campus on Thursday, putting forth their seven-point demand that include immediate action to prevent road accidents, tough punishment against the perpetrators, and removal of people who are connected with transport owners and labour leaders from the government.
Leaders and activists of Chhatra League's DU unit, led by newly-elected President Sanjit Chandra Das and General Secretary Md Saddam Hussain, also brought out a silent procession on the campus on Thursday.
“We are expressing solidarity with the students' movement and it will be resolved soon, because their demands are logical,” Sanjit said after the procession ended.
Besides, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front also brought out a procession demanding safe roads and expressed solidarity with the students.
Students continued demonstrating demanding road safety for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday, following the road accident on Dhaka's Airport Road that killed two 12th graders on Sunday.