Ilias Kanchan is well known and respected by many for his advocacy demanding road safety for all citizens. However, recently I noticed on social media photos and videos of some agitators who were throwing shoes and setting fire to the effigy and posters of Ilias Kanchan during the strike enforced by transport leaders and workers, demanding changes in the new transport act. During their protests, the agitators also called him names.
Such behaviour is utterly shameful, given the fact that Ilias Kanchan has been championing for road safety for nearly 25 years, dedicating himself to making our roads safer. And this is what he gets in return? Since the time when the masses were hardly aware of the concept of road safety, he has tirelessly campaigned through his organisation Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa) to raise awareness. He deserves nothing but our appreciation for his efforts.
Md Zillur Rahaman, Dhaka