In the face of severe protests following a road crash that killed a university student near Bashundhara today, the newly elected mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation said the students’ demands for safe road are “completely logical”.
Mayor Atiqul Islam was addressing the students who took to the streets after Abrar Ahmed, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) was killed when a bus of Shuprovat Paribahan ran him over at Nodda near around 7:30am.
Under the banner of “Safe Road Movement”, the students are demonstrating to press home an eight-point demand.
The demands include: Free the transport sector of political influence and check necessary papers of all buses each month, bring those responsible under the purview of law, all vehicles without fitness and all drivers without license should be banned from the streets, among others.
While addressing the student, the mayor also assured that no buses of Shuprovat Paribahan will ply Dhaka city streets following the accident.
A foot-over bridge will also be set up in the next two to three months at the spot where Abrar was hit by the bus.