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Commuters continue to suffer due to lack of transport

  • Published at 01:14 pm August 4th, 2018
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Traffic remained scant in Dhaka in light of the seventh day of student protests demanding justice for the two students killed by a bus on Airport Road on Sunday Mehedi Hasan

Students have been out on the streets since July 29, demanding safe roads and justice for the two students who were killed in a road accident on Dhaka Airport Road

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.

Suffering of Dhaka’s commuters continued on Saturday after transport owners and workers refrained from operating buses.

Hundreds of people are walking to their destinations after students from different educational institutions resumed their protest for the seventh day.

They blocked different areas of Dhaka, including Uttara, in the morning.

However, like previous days, the protesting students are only allowing ambulances, media vehicles, rickshaws carrying patients, elderly people, and women to pass through.

Omor Hamza, a resident of Mohammadpur area, told the Dhaka Tribune: “I have to go to Chittagong road. I waited for an hour and a half to get a bus but I could not find one.

“Later, I took a rickshaw to go to Science Laboratory area. Even after paying the rickshaw puller double fare, I could not cross the area as the roads are blocked. Maybe I will have to return home.”  

On the other hand, a resident from Uttara named Belal Hossain has been walking for an hour to reach his office in Mirpur.

"What should I do? I have to go to office," he told the Dhaka Tribune.

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 have been out on the streets since July 29, demanding safe roads and justice for the two students who were killed in a road accident on Dhaka Airport Road. Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College students Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib were killed, and several others were injured when a bus of “Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan” ploughed into a group of students on July 29.

Transport services in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country remained suspended on Friday, causing immense suffering to commuters and long-distance travellers across Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association said they will resume transport services across the country only when the workers feel safe.