Amid the growing student movement over a nine-point demand, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Saturday announced to observe Traffic Week across the country from Sunday.
“To reinforce discipline on roads and highways, we’ll observe the Traffic Week across the country from Monday,” he said while addressing a press briefing at the DMP Media Centre.
During the Traffic Week, the DMP chief said, legal steps will be taken against unfit vehicles, drivers without licences and violation of traffic rules.
“Generally, we take the help of scouts and girls guides during the Traffic Week. If the protesting students want, they can assist us in managing traffic during the week,” he said.
Mentioning that they morally support the student protests over the death of two of their fellows, Asaduzzaman said infiltrators entered the protesters to divert the movement into a different direction. “So, we’re concerned about students’ security,” he said.
Citing reports of different intelligence agencies, social media and other sources, he said some infiltrators were trying to create anarchy and unleash violence during the movement.
Students of different schools and colleges took to the streets for the 7th consecutive day on Saturday to press for their nine-point demand, including ensuring safety in roads and justice for the two students who were killed in a road accident in the capital, and resignation of Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan.
They were seen managing traffic in almost all the areas of the capital. They also created separate lanes for different modes of vehicles and forced the drivers to follow the lanes.