PM Hasina to students: Return to classrooms, do not damage any vehicles

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Those responsible for ransacking and torching vehicles will also be identified and punished, prime minister warns

Asking the students staging demonstrations on streets to return to their educational institutions, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said it is not their duty to damage vehicles.

“Please do not do this. Please go back to your respective educational institutions, engage in your studies, those who are responsible (in the recent deaths on roads) will face punishment, they have been found out,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating a mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the premises of Bangladesh Shishu Academy and laying the foundation of Joyeeta Foundation tower in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi.
The program was arranged at Osmani Memorial Auditorium and the prime minister joined it virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

“A new wave of coronavirus is coming. If it (new wave) hits (the country), the educational institutions will be closed. So, go back to your educational institutions and concentrate on your studies,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said those responsible for ransacking and torching vehicles will also be identified and punished. “If anyone dies in such a vehicle (ransacked and torched), if anyone is burnt, tough punishment will be meted out. We need to keep this in mind,” she warned.

About the recent road accidents, the prime minister said law enforcement agencies are very much aware and alert, and the culprits have been captured already with help from video footage and modern technologies.
The prime minister urged all to remain cautious and careful on the roads and strictly follow traffic rules. “There are specific places for crossing roads. If people try to cross roads indiscriminately, accidents will happen. A moving vehicle cannot stop abruptly. It has to happen slowly,” she said.

She came down heavily on those who always block roads, damage vehicles and put vehicles on fire after any accident instead of helping the victim get quick treatment.
There are passengers, children and students in those vehicles that are set on fire, if anyone is hurt, burnt and dies, who will take the responsibility?” she questioned, adding: “The attackers have to take the responsibility, naturally.”

The law enforcement agencies should take steps regarding this, too. “So, I will request everyone, please do not take the law into your hands,” she said.

She also asked drivers to drive vehicles with caution. “Ours is a densely populated country. Naturally, when you want to drive here, you have to receive proper training.”

Describing the death of a student as painful and regretful, the prime minister mentioned that she was unable to understand the mystery of the two deaths by two garbage-laden trucks of Dhaka south and north city corporations.
What is the reason? It has to be dug out who is responsible for this, why should a person just walk in front of a garbage truck? Another point that needs to be ascertained is that the persons who were driving the vehicles have the skill to drive,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said educational institutions were closed for a long time due to the pandemic. “And all those have been reopened. So, get back to your institutions,” the prime minister asked the students.

She also mentioned that the pandemic is not over yet and the government is administering vaccines, and now students are getting vaccines.

Women and Children Affairs Minister Fazilatun Nessa Indira, Joyeeta Foundation Managing Director and Bangladesh Shishu Academy Chairperson Lucy Enam and Women and Children Affairs Secretary Md Sayedul Islam also spoke at the program.
Two videos were screened at the program on the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangladesh Shishu Academy and Joyeeta Foundation tower.

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