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Mirpur returns to normal as DMP Traffic Week begins

  • Published at 03:47 pm August 5th, 2018
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According to several students, they tried to continue their protests for the seventh consecutive day, but were thwarted by police and Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists

The movement of vehicle in Mirpur-2, 10, 11 and 14 areas returned to normal as the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Traffic Week begins on Sunday. 

Visiting several spots throughout Mirpur area, Dhaka Tribune correspondent Kamrul Hasan reported that as of 2:15pm, there were no incidents of blockades or clashes on the roads.

According to several students, they tried to continue their protests for the seventh consecutive day, but were thwarted by police and Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists. 

Under these circumstances, some students are planning to form human chains in front of their respective educational institutions.

Around 1:50pm, a motorcade of around 20-25 motorbikes, with at least three of them having Chhatra League stickers, were seen heading from Mirpur 2 to Mirpur 11.

Speaking with the correspondent, police Constable Sabuj Mia said: “We are checking drivers’ licenses, and creating awareness among the pedestrians on using foot over-bridges as part of our week-long traffic week campaign.

Echoing the same statement, Yasmin Saika Pasha, assistant commissioner of Pallabi zone traffic police, added: “Other than the regular activities, we are advising the pedestrians to stop jaywalking.”

The police personnel have been distributing leaflets, designed to raise public awareness on road safety.

Abdul Quashem, a microbus driver whose documents were checked at the Harun Mollah police box near Mirpur 10 foot over-bridge, said he was feeling a bit relieved as there are no protesting students in the area.

He however claimed to have been supporting the protests, adding that he wants all the demands raised by the students to be met.

There are also reports that a group of Chhatra League men chased some students when the latter tried to assemble near Bangladesh University of Business and Technology at Mirpur 2 around 2:30pm. 

However, there was no initial report of violence or injuries in the abovementioned incident.