Bangla road campaigner arrested

Bangladesh police on Thursday arrested a top road safety campaigner weeks after the country was rocked by massive student protests demanding greater efforts to halt deaths caused by speeding.

By Reuters
  • Published 7.09.18
  •  

Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Thursday arrested a top road safety campaigner weeks after the country was rocked by massive student protests demanding greater efforts to halt deaths caused by speeding.

Dhaka police said Mozammel Hoque Chiwdhury, secretary general of the Passenger Welfare Association, was detained after being accused of extorting 200,000 taka ($2,500).

Dadan Fakir, head of police for the Mirpur neighbourhood of Dhaka where the case was filed this week, said the arrest was not linked to the protests, in which tens of thousands of students gridlocked Dhaka for nine days.

The protests saw vehicles vandalised and pro-government groups attack demonstrators, photographers and even the US ambassador's car. About 12,000 people die each year in accidents on Bangladesh's notorious roads, according to the monitoring group led by Hoque, a vocal campaigner for many years.

Last week, his group said 259 people were killed.