Protest mustn’t bring public suffering: Obaidul

Protest mustn’t bring public suffering: Obaidul

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Dhaka – Slamming the recent student protest at Jahangirnagar University, the Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said blocking roads triggering suffering of thousands of people for the death of two students cannot be a form of protest. UNB news reported
The Minister, also general secretary of ruling Awami League, came up with the remarks during a meeting at the office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to ensure safe plying of home-bound people before the eid-days.
Those who protest deaths in road accidents and maltreatments bring public suffering and this is “cruel”, the minister also remarked.
He further said, “If the students were not responsible then maybe the driver was driving recklessly and is guilty for the accident. The “guilty” driver will be brought to justice.”
Indicating the students, Quader said, I would request you all not to establish this brutal language of protesting any incident in the country, adding that where will the people go to seek justice if this kind of incidents happen during the month of holy Ramadan.
Earlier on Saturday, authorities closed Jahangirnagar University for an indefinite period as its students burst into protests blocking the very important Dhaka-Aricha highway over the death of two fellows in a road crash on the highway.
Later, a case was filed against some 50 unruly students over the matter and police arrested some 42 students from the VC’s residence at midnight.

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