Published:  03:39 AM, 01 August 2018

Crack down on rogue drivers: PMO


The Prime Minister's Office has asked law enforcers to arrest underage and unlicensed drivers in Dhaka. A meeting headed by the Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman was held at the PMO in Dhaka on Tuesday amid student protests over the deaths of two college students in a road crash earlier this week.

Representatives from the Road Transport and Highways Division, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) also attended the meeting.

BRTA and Dhaka Metropolitan Police were instructed to take legal action against those responsible for the deaths of the two students and arrest underage drivers and those with no driving license in Dhaka.

A bus operated by Jabale Noor ploughed into a group of students from Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College waiting for transport on the Airport Road, killing two of them on the spot and injuring several others on July 29.

BUSES OFF THE ROADS

Owners of transport companies have pulled their buses from services in Dhaka following the street protests launched by students. 

The shortage of buses has left many passengers in the lurch. bdnews24.com reporters have seen hundreds of passengers waiting for transport in Mirpur, Mohakhali, Shyamoli, Bijoy Sarani, Uttara and Farmgate-the areas hit by student protests. The number of buses still on the roads in those areas was too inadequate for the passengers.

Earlier in the day, traffic stalled in parts of Dhaka after agitated students took to the streets for the third consecutive day to protest the deaths of their fellows.

A group of students blocked a large swathe of Mirpur disrupting traffic on a key road from Mirpur 1 to Mirpur 10. Another group took position at the Science Laboratory intersection.

Students from different colleges also agitated in front of Farmgate's Babul Tower, bringing traffic to a complete halt in the area.Students have made a nine-point demand, including capital punishment to reckless drivers.


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