Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to bring to book those responsible for the accident that took the lives of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College.
“This is completely unforgivable because the driver was driving the bus defying all the [traffic] rules, resulting in the loss of two lives ... many students were also injured,” she said.
The PM said this while speaking at a programme at Armed Forces Medical College ground after laying the foundation stone of an underpass at a road adjacent to Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College in the city.
Hasina said the government would never spare the bus driver involved in the brutal accident. “We must ensure the due punishment to those involved in such accidents; we'll do that.”
Urging all not to pay any heed to rumours, the PM said there was a move to create instability in the country through spreading rumours and false information via the internet.
Hasina bemoaned that even some senior people who received government recognition for their good work were involved in spreading rumours. “Such acts will never be tolerated,” she warned.
The PM said her government turned the country into Digital Bangladesh through providing people proper and modern education. “This is not for using illicit and untrue words, not for spreading rumours ... all must refrain from these.”
Recalling a student movement during her school days, Hasina said she was very much concerned about the security of children. “I never wanted any sort of loss to students; we had ensured all types of security for them for the first two days."
From the third day, she said there were some people who had shackles, Chinese shackles and stones in their bags. “Who were they? Of course, they were not school students! I was worried about the real students; I requested them to go back home. I requested the guardians to take their children back home because a third party had infiltrated into the protest," she said.
Hasina thanked the students and guardians for accepting her request. “The third party might cause losses to the students to make their political gain, which is a very heinous job."
She said some vested groups had started spreading rumours on Facebook and other social media that there were dead bodies in Awami League's Dhanmondi office.
The PM said Chhatra League president and secretary later invited 25 students from the agitators to come to the AL office and they searched each corner of the office and found nothing.
Hasina asked all, including drivers, helpers and pedestrians, to abide by traffic rules to avoid any tragic consequences.
She also briefly described various initiatives of the government to enhance road safety and improve the country's communications system.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, among others, also spoke at the programme.