• Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018
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Demonstrations held across country demanding safe roads

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Students belonging to several schools and colleges formed a human chain in front of the Satkhira Press Club on Saturday Dhaka Tribune

The protesters did not block off the traffic, instead they helped ensure smooth movement of vehicles on the streets

Students have held demonstrations in 3 districts across the country demanding safe roads. 

In Satkhira, students belonging to several schools and colleges formed a human chain in front of the Press Club on Saturday.

The program was held around 10am. Students were seen chanting slogans demanding safety on the roads, capital punishment for drivers responsible for killing people in accidents, building more speed-breakers, and removal of vehicles that lack fitness.

Visiting the protesting students, Satkhira Deputy Commissioner Md Iftekhar Hossain and Superintendent of Police Sazzadur Rahman assured the students that their demands will be met.

Following the demonstration, the students later returned to their classes.

In Feni, students took to the streets to express their solidarity with the ongoing movement for safe roads. 

The protesters did not block off the traffic, instead they helped ensure smooth movement of vehicles on the streets. 

Students from Feni Pilot High School, Feni Government College, Nasir Memorial College and many other educational institutions participated in the demonstration.

They also brought out a procession from the Trunk Road area to the Zero Point. Additional police personnel have been deployed to avert any untoward incident.

In Tangail, hundreds of students have held protest processions, rallies, and a human chain demanding safe roads.

The demonstrations, which began around 10am, were launched after a girl named Sadia Afrin, 15, lost her life in a road accident in Sakhipur upazila of the district on Friday.  

The protesters chanted the slogan “Nirapod Sorok Chai,” roughly translated as “We want safe roads,” and blocked off a key road in the district.

Similar students’ movements are being observed in Chapainawabganj, Manikganj, Cox’s Bazar and Rajbari.

On July 29, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed when a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road.

Students are engaged in a movement demanding justice for the road accident victims.