After the death of two students in 2018 due to the pressure of the bus, the highways of the capital were occupied by the students for 11 days. Their only demand was a safe road. The government accepted the demands of the students. But after three years, the students have taken to the streets again with the same demand. Teachers have also become united with them.
However, the students are still looking at the initiative of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Nur Taposh to realize this demand. The students have announced to start agitation again from Sunday if they do not get the promise to implement the demand by Saturday.
On July 29, 2018, two students of Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, Rajib, and Dia were killed when two buses collided head-on on the airport road in the capital. Naeem Hasan, a student of Notre Dame College, died on Wednesday after being hit by a DSCC garbage truck after nearly three years. The students of Notre Dame College left the highway with a 48-hour ultimatum last Thursday after the second day of protests.
The students of Notre Dame College are mainly agitating for six demands. These include safe roads for all, initiatives to implement laws passed after the movement for safer roads in 2018, measures against those involved in Naeem’s death as well as ensuring speedy justice, compensating Naeem’s family, installing pedestrian bridges on the busiest roads like Gulistan and all kinds. Strictly enforce traffic laws.
In 2018, there were 9 demands of students. These include half-fare for students, installation of footpath-overbridges, compensation for all those injured in road accidents, construction of planned bus stops, speeding up accident trials, training of drivers, modernization of traffic management, alternative road system, and bicycle lanes, and inclusion in traffic law curriculum.
Tanvir Hasan, a student at Notre Dame College, told Kaler Kanth: We have been protesting in front of the South City Corporation since Naeem was hit by a car belonging to the City Corporation. We also have demanded from various government agencies. However, the mayor assured us that he would convey the demands to the concerned department. If that doesn’t happen, it’s time to dump her and move on. ”
Notre Dame College students are joined by Titus Vincent Rosario, a teacher at the college. He told Kaler Kantha, “I have become one with the students from the place of passion and love for Naeem. We wanted to get our message across to the upper echelons of government. Hopefully, we did. However, the assurance is given to us by the government should be visible. Everyone should abide by the rules and regulations. ‘
The physics teacher added, “We do not want to increase human suffering. We do not want stagnation in the city. We want students to come back to class, to study. For this, the government has to implement the demand of the students for safe roads. ‘
At a rally of protesters in front of the Nagar Bhaban on Thursday, Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said, “I agree with your demand. I demand that the murderer be hanged. Tapas said, “I will make arrangements to get your demands from the government. Our election manifesto was that Dhaka will be a safe city. He also promised to build a foot overbridge in the name of Naeem at the accident site within this year.