Death on road
Ilyas Kanchan, a famous cine artiste, lost his wife in a tragic road accident. Since then he started a campaign for 'Safer road'. My friend Ekram Ahmed, a senior bureaucrat, lost his teenage son under the wheels of a speeding truck. Ekram is now a 'Safer road' activist. Comparing to the number of motorised vehicles, death toll in Bangladesh roads is the highest in the world. But this epidemic has little impact in our society. Sporadic clashes occur when any student or a garment employee is killed in such accidents but most of such deaths go unnoticed. In some incidents, cases are filed with police stations. But we have not heard of any punishment in any such cases. It appears that we have become used to such deaths. A few years back highway police was established but we don't find any improvement of the situation.
Now, time has come for some real action to stop indiscriminate 'killings' on road. The present government should take responsibilities of all such deaths and injuries. None should go unpunished. Tougher enforcement of law is required.