The general secretary of Awami League’s central committee said: “The court’s decision cannot be changed through a nationwide indefinite strike that is affecting the lives of hundreds of people.” He was speaking at a programme organised by Dhaka South city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League at the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh.
The strikers are protesting a court verdict that sent Jamir Hossain, the driver of the bus that killed acclaimed filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer and journalist Mishuk Munier in a road accident in 2011.
Jamir was sentenced to life in prison along with Mir Hossain who was sentenced to death for a road accident that took the life of a woman in 2003.
The strikers are demanding a retrial under the Penal Code 304B which has a much more lenient sentencing for erratic driving but the verdicts were made under the Penal Code 302 which awards death or life imprisonment for murder.
Abdur Rahim Box Dudu, senior vice-president of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation, told the Dhaka Tribune that the strike was not an official decision by the federation.
“The verdict handed down was not given under the transport law and we want to verdict reversed and the case tried under the penal code 304B.
“Jamir Hossain was a career driver for 33 years and if he is not a competent driver then nobody is,” he added.