Terming Dhaka city's traffic tailbacks “terrible and unbearable”, a parliamentary body on Sunday asked police, concerned ministries and departments to take concerted efforts to reduce the traffic congestion.
The parliamentary standing committee on home affairs also asked the ministry's top officials to give Nusrat Jahan Rafi's murder case highest priority, and ensure exemplary punishment of all culprits involved in the brutal killing.
Shamsul Alam Dudu, a member of the parliamentary watchdog told this newspaper that the committee asked police and others concerned to give people respite from city's horrific traffic congestion at any cost.
“City commuters are facing unbearable traffic jam when they travel from one place to another inside Dhaka city. Due to horrific traffic congestion, people often cannot reach their destination on time and cannot complete their work,” Dudu, a ruling Awami League MP, said.
About the murder of madrasa student Nusrat, the committee members asked the ministry to handle the case with an iron hand, as the home ministry cannot avoid its responsibility in this regard.
Members of the committee, including Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, were present at the meeting with Shamsul Haque Tuku in the chair.
Nusrat lost her battle for life on April 10, five days after she was set on fire at a madrasa in Feni -- an incident that set off outrage all over the country.
A group of four miscreants poured kerosene on the 18-year-old girl and set her afire on April 6, allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case against the principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa over sexual assault on her.