General Secretary of the Awami League and Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said today that legal action will be taken against those who encourage students to take to the streets.
“A political party is urging students to take to the streets. Legal action will be taken against the instigators by examining the video footage,” he said, speaking to a BRTA program on road safety and traffic. mass awareness on Manik Miah Avenue here.
Quader asked why the movement is being organized at midnight even after the students’ demand for road safety and half-fare on the buses has been accepted and why any incident is quickly broadcast live on Basher Kella’s facebook page (a page managed by radicals).
Presenting data on several road accidents in recent times, the minister said that road accidents can not be accepted in any case and they are very painful.
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. “We have taken various initiatives to avoid road accidents. We have also accepted the students’ request for their half-fare on the buses,” he added.
The minister said: “I 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.
Quader urged the students, on the move, 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 the nation’s father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975.
After Bangabandhu’s assassination, the perpetrators wanted to rule the country with a Pakistani ideology spoiling the spirit and values of the Great War of Liberation, he said.
“Bangladesh was ruled with Pakistani communal ideology until the Awami League took office in 1996,” he said.
Quader 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 Begum Zia, during the terms of office, had made this gesture by allowing anyone to go abroad to receive medical schools. But now they (BNP leaders) are having bigger discussions, he said.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) 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 land Kalabagan Game Center and Kakrail Police Station.
Stickers and leaflets will be distributed during the campaign.
The Secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division, Md Nazrul Islam, and the Chairman of BRTA, Nur Mohammad Mazumder, were present on the occasion.