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Passengers on train rooftops banned

Desk Report
July 21, 2022 4:53 pm
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No trains will be allowed to carry passengers on rooftops from now.
And Bangladesh Railway (BR) officials will be sacked, if failed to implement the directives.
An High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khijir Hayat passed the order on Thursday.

The court also asked the concerned authorities to submit by July 31 the actions taken over the issue and blackmarketing of train tickets. July 31 has been fixed as the next date of hearing.

On Wednesday, the court wanted to know the stance of Dhaka University (DU) student Mohiuddin Rony’s protest about his six-point demand as he staged demonstrations at Kamalapur station from July 7-18 against Bangladesh Railways mismanagement.

The High Court also wanted to know what steps the Anti-Corruption Commission took after Rony’s protest against corruption in the country’s railway sector.

Following the court’s order, the railway authorities said that a probe body was formed to look into the allegations.

A letter of the probe body was also submitted to the court by Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin. Three officials of Bangladesh Railways were also present there.

The court also questioned the three staffers as to why there should be mismanagement in the railway sector? “Why should tickets be sold in the black market? Why are people forced to travel on the roof of a train?”

Rony staged a one-man protest against corruption in the country’s rail administration for 13 days till Tuesday.

The Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) on Wednesday fined Shohoz.com, an online ticketing platform of the country, Tk 2 lakh after finding evidence of mismanagement in selling tickets of Bangladesh Railways.

As per the decision of DNCRP, Roni will get 25 per cent of this penalty (Tk 50,000).

–daily observer

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