Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina had instructed them to take tough steps against the people responsible for Sunday's road crash.
He also said that no matter how powerful they were, they would not be spared.
The minister was speaking to journalists in the afternoon at his secretariat office after visiting the family members of Diya Khanam Mim, one of the two college students killed in the incident on Airport Road.
Earlier, the minister went to Diya’s house at Mohakhali's Southpara and consoled her father, mother and siblings.
The minister said, ‘prime minister expressed her deep grief and sorrow about the accident and death of two students and I have conveyed the prime minister’s message and assurance to the deceased's family during my visit.’
Minister Asaduzzaman Khan also said that two buses were seized and the drivers and helpers were arrested and action would be taken against them after investigation under the existing laws.
Mentioning the instructions of the prime minister on taking effective actions to stop road accidents, he assured that they were taking measures to upgrade the quality of Dhaka city's existing traffic system to reduce road accident rates and ensure road safety.
While speaking about the student protests resulting in heavy traffic gridlock in the city, he said, ‘Government supports the demands of the students and they have the right to speak out and protest.’
However, the minister also said, ‘As the government is looking into the issue with great sympathy and taking tough steps against those responsible, I hope they will go back to their studies soon.’
In the programme, the minister said that his ministry was planning to undertake a special project on Dhaka's traffic titled 'Safe Dhaka' under which every vehicle in in the city would be monitored by CCTV camera, helping to identify the offenders.
Answering a question asked by a reporter on Assam's stripping of 40 lakh people from the list of Indian citizenship and possibility of pushing them into Bangladesh, he said that it issue fell under the jurisdiction of the foreign ministry and his ministry was not 'clearly' aware of it.
He, however said, that some people might have gone to Assam after 1971 but, he estimated, the figure would not be that high.
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