Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday demanded amendments to the proposed road transport law as it is not adequate for ensuring safety in roads as demanded by students during their recent protests.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, addressing a press briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka, asked for bringing the amendments through holding effective discussions with protesting students and activists who have long been working for safe roads.
Fakhrul claimed that all but transport owners’ association had rejected the draft Road Transport Bill 2018 approved by the cabinet on Monday in the wake of the student protests.
He said that the proposed law would not ensure safe roads.
The BNP secretary general observed that there were no clear guidelines in the proposed law about avoiding deaths in the roads and unwanted accidents and it also had no provision for tough punishment.
He also found no provision in the proposed law for effective steps against transport owners and checking corruption in the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.
Fakhrul demanded immediate and unconditional release of those arrested for their involvement in student protests and extending constructive cooperation to the protests as well as ‘for speaking out against the government’s conspiracy to divert the protests and gathering real news of the protests and publishing those’.
He called for withdrawing all ‘false’ cases and ensuring proper treatment of the injured.
Fakhrul categorically said that BNP was never involved in any violent activity during the student protests.
He demanded identifying and bringing to book the ‘Awami goons’ who, wearing helmets and masks in presence of police, committed violence and carried out cruel attacks on protesters and journalists.
Fakhrul alleged that the government was trying to arrest BNP’s senior leaders through filing ‘false cases by spreading ridiculous and fabricated stories’ about them to mask its deep insecurities.
Fakhrul condemned the delay in arresting the ‘Awami goons’ responsible for the recent attacks on US ambassador Marcia Bernicat and on the house of Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar.
Fakhrul remarked that BNP’s gains from the student protests were that it extended support to a logical agitation while the government was ‘universally lambasted’ for the way it suppressed it. ‘Awami League has been further isolated from the people,’ he added.
BNP leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Abdus Salam, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Abdus Salam Azad, among others, were present.
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