Obaidul also said Bangladesh Chhatra League men did not attack students, and that miscreants may have attacked them while posing as Chhatra League activists
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has thanked students for returning to classrooms and putting an end to their movement.
“We want to thank all students, guardians, teachers, and school authorities for the students’ return to classrooms and the ceasing of their protest for safe roads,” he said.
Obaidul made the statement at a press briefing at the Awami League president’s political office in Dhanmondi on Tuesday.
“The government has accepted the demands of the students, and is optimistic about fulfilling those demands,” said Obaidul.
“New laws for road safety have been proposed at the recent cabinet meeting, and they will be vetted in the parliament during the upcoming session of the National Parliament,” he said.
In the new law, the highest punishment for anyone intentionally causing a fatal accident is the death penalty, Obaidul added.
The minister also said law enforcement agencies have arrested four people who were involved in the tragic road accident on Airport Road on July 29, which took the lives of two school children, and the government is optimistic about bringing them to book.
“The government has planned to construct an underpass in front of Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College. The prime minister will inaugurate its construction on Sunday.”
Obaidul also said Bangladesh Chhatra League men did not attack students, and that miscreants may have attacked them while posing as Chhatra League activists.
He added that anti-government forces were trying to take control of the non-political student movement to use it for their own purposes.
Obaidul further said they had informed the United Nations that the allegation that Awami League was torturing students is baseless.