Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – The National Road Safety Day will be observed in the country for the third time on Tuesday aiming to create awareness about safe roads.
The slogan of this year’s day is “Livelihood not before life. No more road accident”.
Different organisations, including the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry, have chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion.
A colourful procession will be brought out from the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad at 7:30 am on the occasion.
A discussion will be held at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) at 10am where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will speak as the chief guest.
Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa) has been observing a month-long programme to mark the day.
Ilias Kanchan, founder and chairman of Nischa, inaugurated the programme at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on October 1.
Kanchan said 120 organisations along with the government will observe the ‘National Road Safety Day’ on October 22.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, the President said all, including transport owners and workers, commuters and pedestrians, should know about the traffic rules and obey those to ensure road safety.
In her message, the Prime Minister said a single accident can be the reason for lifelong sufferings for a person or a family.
She urged people to adopt the culture of obeying the traffic rules along with raising public awareness to reduce the number of road crashes.
Rajshahi, Oct 21 (UNB) – A man and his minor daughter were crushed to death by a train at Namobhadra in the city on Monday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Rubel Ali, 30, and his daughter Rumayia Khatun, aged two and half, of Dharampur in the city.
Sayeed Iqbal, officer-in-charge of Rajshahi Govt Railway Police Station, said Khulna-bound ‘Kapatakkha’ train from Rajshahi hit the duo when Rubel along with his daughter was crossing the rail tracks.
The accident left Rubel dead on the spot while Rumaiya critically injured.
Locals took the girl to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Mentioning that prima facie evidence suggest that police opened fire on the demonstrators in Bhola in self-defence, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said they were investigating whether there was any negligence on the part of police and others.
“Whether there’s any negligence of duty on the part of police or others is under investigation and legal action will be taken if anyone is found guilty,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting with a delegation of Oikyafront at the Secretariat.
The minister said he talked to the local MP and the officer-in-charge of the police station concerned and came to know that people under the banner of ‘Touhidi Janata’ held a rally protesting a Facebook post made from the hacked ID of a young man of a minority community demeaning religion.
At one age, some 300 people from the rally ran amok and tried to break the door of a room where the OC, other police officers and UNO took shelter, he said, adding that they heard the UNO ordered the firing at that time.
Asaduzzaman, however, said it will be known after investigation as to who passed the order to fire gunshots.
Expressing shock over the incident, he said the local MP went to the spot immediately after the incident and took steps for the treatment of the injured. He also provided financial assistance to the families of the deceased.
The minister also said they sought assistance of the Facebook authorities to find out the real culprit who made the derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad (pubh). “We’ve sent necessary information to the Singapore office of Facebook and details will be known within two or three days,” he said.
Four people were killed and about 200 others injured in a clash between police and demonstrating locals in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola, demanding the punishment of a youth for allegedly hurting religious sentiments on the social media.
Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (SM) were sent to several persons from a hacked Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Shuvo, triggering widespread protests.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said stern action will be taken against the perpetrators of Bhola incident who tried to create a chaos in the country with an ulterior motive.
“The perpetrators involved in the Bhola incident will be given exemplary punishment to check the reoccurrence of such incident in the future,” he said.
The minister made the remark while talking to reporters after inaugurating an international seminar on flight safety at a city hotel.
Four people were killed and about 200 others injured on Sunday in a clash between police and demonstrating locals in Borhanuddin upazila in Bhola, demanding the punishment of a youth for allegedly hurting religious sentiments on Facebook.
Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Allah and Prophet Muhammad were sent to several people from a hacked Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Shuvo, triggering a widespread protest.
Dr Hasan Mahmud said no one should create any tension posting derogatory remarks on Facebook hacking anyone’s ID. “It’s also a condemnable and punishable offence.”
He said a vested quarter has tried to create a chaos in the country carrying out such incident as such attempts were made in the past as well.
Terming the incident regrettable, the minister said those who carried out it are the enemies of country, society and people.
Replying to another question about the alleged involvement of a local MP in the Bhola incident, he said the offenders have spread such an allegation as part of their efforts to divert the incident to a different direction and mislead people.
About upcoming conference of Jubo League, the youth front of Bangladesh Awami League, the minister said the conference will help bring dynamism into the organisation and free it from stigma.
As his attention was drawn to an allegation against Rashed Khan Menon of taking money from expelled Juba League leader Samrat over the casino business, he said it will be regretful, if the allegation is proved true.
Chattogram, Oct 21 (UNB) – Hefajat-e-Islam will stage demonstrations across the country on Tuesday protesting ‘the police firings’ in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola that left four people dead and many others injured.
Hefajat secretary general Allama Junayed Babunagari announced the programme at a press conference at its Hathazari Madrasah head office on Monday.
It also called for proper investigation into the Facebook ID hacking incident and exemplary punishment to those involved in it.
The organisation also demanded the police officers who fired at and killed innocent people be brought to book.
It also demanded enactment of a law with death sentence for any defamatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and compensation for the families of those killed in the incident and medical expenses of the injured be bore by the government.