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Netizens: Shipping minister must resign for bus accident comments

  • Published at 02:21 am July 31st, 2018
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Two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College -- Diya Khanam Mim, left, and Abdul Karim Rajib- were killed when a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road on July 29 Collected

In the aftermath of the accident, the shipping minister appeared to laugh off questions about the incident by saying that a road crash killed 33 people in India’s Maharashtra, but it was not given as much importance as the Airport Road accident

Netizens on social media have heavily criticized Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan for appearing to laugh off questions about Sunday’s accident on the Airport Road, which killed two students. Some have gone as far as calling for the minister’s resignation.

In the aftermath of the accident, the shipping minister appeared to laugh off questions about the incident by saying that a road crash killed 33 people in India’s Maharashtra, but it was not given as much importance as the Airport Road accident.

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan is also the executive president of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation. Netizens calling for his resignation said he was overlooking the faults of reckless bus drivers.

Throughout Monday, many on social media urged citizens to join the students of Shaheed Bir Bikram Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College in protesting the deaths by blockading roads.

A number of photos and videos of the incident and victims were shared on social media. One of the most shared was a collage of the two victims’ faces, their friends weeping, and the smiling face of the shipping minister.

“Two children have died and some other children have taken to the street demanding justice. Can’t we help them?” Pushpita Zaman posted on the Facebook group Desperately Seeking - Dhaka (DSD), which has 407,988 members.

Facebook page Ajob posted a video of an underage driver on a local bus with the caption: “The best driver in Bangladesh.”

Some netizens urged people to boycott local buses for a day to express solidarity with the students who have been demanding justice for their deceased friends. 

Muntasir Islam wrote: “Today I walked from Basundhara residential area to Uttara and believe me I was not tired. I did not even look at bus helpers calling for passengers.”

Dui Chakka, a Facebook group of 114,085 motorcyclists across the country, posted a black banner mourning the deaths of the students, and urged the government to stop road accidents at any cost.

Many social media users shared their own experiences with reckless driving by bus drivers, and many more were frustrated by the delay in getting justice for the families of the victims.