180 killed, 344 hurt in road accidents during Eid holidays: report

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:07, Aug 25,2019


We Demand Safe Road (Nirapad Sarak Chai) holds a press conference in Dhaka on Saturday to reveal its report on road accidents during the Eid-ul-Azha vacation. — New Age photo

At least 180 people were killed and 344 injured in 130 road accidents across the country during the Eid-ul-Azha holidays, says a report published on Saturday.

The report also said three people lost their lives, 10 went missing and 11 were injured in three waterway accidents and two people died in two railway accidents, said a press release issued by Nirapad Sarak Chai.

The organisation published the report at a press conference at the National Press Club in the capital.

The organisation compiled the death figures from reports published in different national and regional dailies, online news portals, television channels during nine days between August 10 and 18.

This year the number of road accidents increased at the northern and southern districts of the country, the organisation observed.

This Eid the highest number of road accidents involved buses followed by motorcycles.

The organisation blamed reckless driving, overtaking, carrying passengers on goods-laden vehicles, unskilled transport workers on roads, lack of resting facilities for transport workers and monitoring of law-enforcers and other relevant authorities, dilapidated roads, movement of unfit vehicles on roads, and disobeying traffic rules for road accidents.

The platform urged the authorities concerned to monitor the roads, railways and waterways properly especially after Eid holidays, proper salary system and rests for transport workers, training for drivers, stop taking extra fare during Eid holidays and make people aware about traffic laws.

The programme was attended, among others, by cultural activist M Hamid, former chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Ayubur Rahman Khan and NSC acting chairman Shamim Alam Dipen, acting secretary general Liton Ershad, joint secretary general Belayet Hossain Khan Montu, organisational secretary SM Azad Hossian and international affairs secretary Mirajul Moin Joy.

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