Student protests in Bangladesh continues for the seventh straight day today, demanding safety on road for the citizens. On Sunday, a bus operated by Jabale-e-Noor ploughed into a group of college students waiting for transport on the Airport Road, killing two on the spot and injuring several others.
2 school boys of our country were just murdered by a bus driver in a road accident in #Dhaka last week(they are daily occurances in our country)..since then the school boys of the city have taken over the trafficking control of the city#WeWantJustice #Protest #Bangladesh
— Apollo (@laiho_apollo) August 4, 2018
At first, the students of institutions locating nearby airport road started a protest and blocked airport road mourning the death of their fellow.
#Dhaka remained largely cut off from the rest of #Bangladesh on Friday, with local and long-distance buses staying off the roads after five days of protests by young people demanding safer streets. pic.twitter.com/WEQ9U5yHsR
— محمد عزيز (@azz________) August 4, 2018
Gradually students from all the educational institutions including medical colleges across Bangladesh have joined the movement echoing a nine-point list of demands which includes capital punishment to reckless drivers of a road accident in shortest possible time. Reckless driving by car owners has become a huge issue in Bangladesh with thousands dying every year.
Kids revolting in Bangladesh. Student showing mass protest against the state system.They are all kids and have no leadership Govt threatened to harm them but the continuing for last 7 days. #WeWantJustice #Dhaka #Bangladesh pic.twitter.com/OhBBOky0zt
— Shahed Alam (@Shahedalam1) August 4, 2018
Their protest continued in a unique way. With a view to improving the current situation, students took the responsibility to implement rules & regulations in traffic management.
They helped the traffic police all day long to control the huge traffic in a disciplined way. Even the activists were found to check licenses of all vehicles, except for ambulances and hajj pilgrims’ cars, in front of their schools and colleges. These actions have been reported from all over the country.
Students line-up in traffic system at dhaka Bangladesh. pic.twitter.com/zQOunQPSps
— Nasim. (@nasimulislam15) August 4, 2018
They were also found to clean the roads, they created emergency lanes for ambulance & fire brigade which was not seen in last 47 years of independence.
They stopped the minister’s car coming from the wrong way. Even checked the licenses of police vans, army, BGB, press, RAB including all the other officials of government & in absence of license they wrote on the vehicles “No license”.
The students have managed to bring order to Dhaka's infamous traffic chaos, even if it's temporary. This type of lane discipline is not seen outside of the army cantonments. 5/n pic.twitter.com/9DesQzbFv8
— Issam (@1ssam_m) August 3, 2018
The protest termed as ‘protest by general students devoid of any political ideology’ gained much popularity among common people. Student’s guardians were found supporting their children & supplying food & beverages among students.
Just read about Bangladeshi students handling traffic in Dhaka as a mark of protest.
— Harridan (@brawling_virago) August 3, 2018
Government handled the matter with utmost sincerity. DMP Commissioner urged the law enforcers not to force the students.
Home minister Asadujjaman Khan has stated that the demands of the students are logical. Authority has taken all those legitimate demands into consideration & implementation would be visible as early as possible.
Already, the registration of two buses of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan has been cancelled by BRTA.
The driver of the attacking bus Masum Billah is on 7day remand in a case filed over the death of the two students. The home minister has assured the students that all the unfit vehicles and punish all the drivers without a license within next 24 hours.
#BBC Th for covering the student protest – but a better title pls? Students haven’t paralysed the city – they are teaching The Govt how to manage city traffic! It’s the Govt blond eyes that’s kept the city paralysed! #RoadSafty #WeWantJustice #bangladeshstudentprotests #Dhaka
— Tahsina Banu (@tbanu) August 3, 2018
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the matter into consideration and met the victims’ family to console them. The government has also taken steps to rectify the law regarding transportation. Keeping all the unique achievements in consideration the students have assured to keep the protest on hold from tomorrow.