The ruling Awami League secretary general and road transport and bridge minister Obaidul Quader said on Saturday that legal action would be taken against the instigators of the student protests.
âA political party encourages students to take to the streets. Legal action will be taken against the instigators by examining the video footage, âhe said during a road safety and mass awareness program organized by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on Manik Miah Avenue in the capital city.
Obaidul asked why protests were being held at midnight even after students’ demands for road safety and half-fare on buses were accepted and why any incident had spread live on Basher Kella’s Facebook page .
Road accidents cannot be accepted under any circumstances and these are very painful, he said, presenting data on several recent road accidents.
Noting that different questions and allegations have been raised about the death of a student in an accident in Rampura, he asked where hundreds of people attended the scene within 10 to 12 minutes at midnight and how news of the accident spread within 10 -12 min.
He said the news of the death is very sad. âWe have taken various initiatives to avoid road accidents. We also accepted the students’ request for their half-fare on the buses, âhe added.
The minister said: âI think the reasons for the road safety movement are not illogical. When students focus on their studies after stopping their movement, political instigations are carried out to bring students to the streets. It is very unfortunate.
Obaidul urged the students to return to their respective campuses and focus on their studies as they have already suffered a huge loss in their college life due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Designating BNP leaders, the AL secretary general said their leader was the mastermind behind the brutal assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975.
âBangladesh was ruled with Pakistani communal ideology until the Awami League took office in 1996,â he said.
Obaidul asked what BNP leaders had done for their party president Begum Khaleda Zia. They kept the case against Khaleda Zia suspended, he said.
BNP is a big party and they learned from the lawyers in their party but did nothing in the legal battle, he said.
People haven’t seen a single visible procession of BNP leaders for releasing Khaleda Zia, but they are now shedding crocodile tears, he said.
The minister said Khaleda Zia was being treated in the county’s most modern hospital and the government had no objection to a medical specialist being brought here from abroad for treatment.
He said Khaleda, who is a detainee, was allowed to stay at her home on humanitarian grounds and is receiving the highest treatment.
He wondered if Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, during their tenures, had made this gesture by allowing anyone to go abroad to receive medical schools. But now they’re talking big speeches, he said.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority has taken initiatives to ensure road safety and educate the masses, and as part of the program, a road show started simultaneously from Manik Miah Avenue, roads adjacent to the playground of Kalabagan and Kakrail Police Station.
Stickers and leaflets were distributed during the campaign.
Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam and BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder were present on the occasion.