Shuvo, one of the protesters, said plans for new protests would be announced soon
The third day of protests over the death of a Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) student ended on Wednesday, while the driver and helper of the bus that ran him over have been remanded.
Wasim Afnan, 22, a fourth-year student of the biotechnology and genetic engineering department of the university, was run over by a bus after its helper reportedly pushed him off the vehicle at Sherpur in Sadar upazila of Moulvibazar on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, SAU students announced three days of protests, which concluded on Wednesday. Their demands included calls for the case to be tried as murder instead of road accident, proceeding with the trial within three days, and boycotting of all university exams and classes during the three days.
On Wednesday, the protesters brought out a rally from the SAU campus in the morning and marched to Tilagarh Madani Square, blockading the roads for two hours.
Shuvo, one of the protesters, said plans for new protests would be announced soon.
Moulvibazar protesters present demands
Protests also took place in Moulvibazar, where families of other victims who were killed by reckless driving spoke out.
On Wednesday morning, Passenger Rights Movement’s Moulvibazar unit organized a protest in the city’s press club grounds. The protesters formed a human chain, after which they presented their demands.
Their demands included maximum punishment for Wasim’s killers; including the death penalty in the law to deter road accidents caused by reckless driving; developing an insurance mechanism for deaths on roads; quick start of repair works on damaged roads; ensuring security for women on public transports; shortening the time spent on processing trials for deaths on roads; and developing a public-friendly public transportation.
Meanwhile, Moulvibazar District Chief Judicial Magistrate Kazi Bahauddin sent bus driver Jewel Ahmed, 30, and his helper, Mashuk Mia, 31, into remand after the police produced them before the court on Wednesday, said Sohel Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Moulvibazar model police station.
The police had asked for 10 days' remand, but were granted five days.
On March 25, SAU authorities filed a case against the bus driver, helper and supervisor over Wasim’s death. The driver and helper were arrested shortly after the incident, and during primary interrogation, both reportedly confessed their involvement.