Students demanding safer roads have given the government 48 hours to concede their demands. They ignored Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam and city police chief Asaduzzaman Mia’s request to end the protest and vowed to continue demonstration until their demands are met, local media reported.
Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, a Bangladesh University of Professional student, died in front of Bashundhara residential area on Tuesday (Mar 19) morning after being run over by a bus. Private university students have since been demonstrating at Pragati Sarani.
“The demands of the students are logical,” Mayor Atiqul said on Wednesday (Mar 20). “They will be fulfilled.”
He also laid a foundation stone of a foot overbridge in the area where Abrar was killed. “The construction work will be completed within the next two months,” he said.
Protests triggered by Abrar’s death continued for the second consecutive day. Their demands include maximum punishment for the bus driver.
Other demands include checking papers of drivers on regular basis, making transport sector free from political influence, construction of foot overbridges, installing speed-breakers at risky points and stopping unfit vehicles from plying.
Witnesses said hundreds of students from BUP, North South University and Siddheshwari College occupied the street just after 9.15 a.m., halting traffic on the busy road.
They shouted slogans demanding justice for Abrar, a first-year undergraduate International Relations student.