Awami League rally causes snarls, sufferings to passengers
03 November 2015,Nirapad News: An rally in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan to mark the Jail Killing Day has thrown life out of gear in the capital as most of the thoroughfares in the city were choked. Transfixed commuters were forced to walk to their destinations after traffic came to a grinding halt on Monday afternoon. They vented their ire at politicians and sought an immediate end to such ‘mismanagement’. “It has become their (politicians) habit to make people suffer,” said a private sector employee Pallab Sikhdar. “We don’t have any rights now. I am scared to even protest. It’s not even safe to express our helplessness,” he went on to add.
Pallab said he had to wait at least two hours at Farmgate to get a bus. Abu Hena, a private university student, said there was no point talking about these issues.
“Those who have power can do whatever they want. Nobody thinks about common people,” he said while walking towards his destination, Bijoy Sarani, from Farmgate.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the rally at around 4:30pm. She went there after attending a Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat in the morning.
Motorcade of AL leaders who came to attend the rally and the movement of the prime minister caused traffic snarls at Shahbagh, Banglamotor, Sonargaon Signal, Farmgate, Bijoy Sarani, Mohakhali, Airport Road and other places.
When asked about the gridlocks, Traffic Inspector Md Alauddin, who was doing duty at Mohakhali, pointed towards the rows of vehicles stranded on the flyover.
“You can very well see the condition. Situation has been like this since 2:30pm,” he said.
A cavalcade of around 20 motorcycles carrying three persons on each of them were seen going towards Suhrawardy Udyan. None of the riders were wearing helmet.
When asked why they were not stopped even after violating traffic rules, an on duty traffic police said, “Don’t ask me anything. Please contact DC sir for your queries.
Many buses carrying party leaders and activists were also seen going towards the rally venue violating lane restrictions from 3pm to 3:30pm. They were shouting “Joy Bangla” slogans.
Though traffic was deployed on the road, no action was taken against those buses.
A traffic constable who had a tough time dealing with gridlocks said, “Nobody cares for the people. Can’t these rallies be organised on holidays?”,