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Protests continue over death of Notre Dame student

  • Published at 12:05 pm November 25th, 2021
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Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Traffic grinds to a halt in Dhaka by protests over the death of a student, killed in an accident involving a city corporation vehicle

Students of different educational institutions continued to protest in Dhaka for a second day on Thursday demanding road safety and justice for the death of a Notre Dame College student in an accident.

Traffic in the capital has been almost brought to a halt as students have blocked the roads in Motijheel, Farmgate, Uttara, Asad Gate, Mirpur, Gulistan, and Bailey Road, reports UNB.

Students take to the streets demanding road safety and justice for the death of a fellow student in a road accident, in Dhaka's Motijheel area on Thursday, November 25, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Students of Notre Dame College took position at Shapla Chattar in the city around 11 am, halting vehicular movement, said witnesses.

Later, they brought out a procession with placards towards Gulistan and staged a sit-in there.

In pictures: Protest over student's death continue for a second day

Besides, a group of students blocked a portion of Bailey Road, Asad Gate, Mirpur and Farmgate areas in the city demanding road safety.

“Traffic congestions  were seen in different parts of the city including Uttara Azampur, Gulistan, Farmgate and Asad Gate as students were staging demonstrations demanding steps to ensure safe road and half bus fare for students," Joint Commissioner Abu Raihan Md Saleh of the Dhaka metro police (traffic north) told UNB. 

A student holds a placard during a demonstration demanding road safety and justice for the death of a Notre Dame student in a road accident, in Dhaka on Thursday, November 25, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Also read - College student run over by DSCC garbage truck

Nayeem Hasan, a second-year student of Notre Dame College, was killed in a road accident on Wednesday.

A proxy driver was behind the steering wheel when a Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) garbage truck hit Nayeem in Gulistan.

Police later seized the vehicle and arrested the contractual driver, Rasel Khan.  

The incident prompted the DSCC to form a three-member probe body. The committee was asked to submit a report within seven working days.

Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Soon after the news of Nayeem’s death broke out, students blocked Gulistan and Motijheel intersections for nearly three hours on Wednesday demanding justice, resulting in gridlocks in one of the busiest sections of the city. 

Hundreds of students tried to enter Nagar Bhaban while shouting slogans but failed to speak to anyone at the DSCC office as the main gate had been closed off. The students also stopped buses and checked the licences of their drivers.

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