People suffer as AL rally brings Dhaka to a standstill18 August 2022
Huge traffic gridlock created across the capital city due to ruling Awami League\'s rally in front of the Institution of Engineers at Ramna on Wednesday. NN photo
Staff Reporter :
The city residents faced immense suffering on Wednesday as the traffic came to a standstill due to a protest march brought out by the Bangladesh Awami League.
Thousands of people flocked to the procession organised by the ruling Awami League on Wednesday (17 August), in protest against country-wide series of bomb attacks during the BNP-Jamaat tenure on 17 August 2005.
Due to the programme, hundreds of buses were seen parked nearest places of the venue - Engineers Institution, Ramna.
Visiting the Ramna, Segubagicha and Shahbagh areas of the city between 3pm and 6pm, most roads were seen blocked.
Hare Road - which one always sees the least traffic jam in the city also witnessed a huge gridlock.
"I had to drop one of my pillions even before the destinations, as policemen blocked the roads at Kakrail Masjid intersection," said a ridesharing motorcycle driver.
On "Traffic Alert" Facebook group, Dhaka resident Ishtiaq Ahmed wrote "Dhaka is different for today. I have never seen such gridlocks throughout Dhaka city."
When asked, several traffic officials declined to make any comment about the blockade and road diversion.