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Easy-bike, nasimon, karimon on highways defying HC order

Shahin Akhter

Increasing number of slow moving and unstable easy-bike, nasimon and karimon continue to carry passengers and goods on highways defying a recent High Court ban.
The ban was imposed on the three types of unauthorised three-wheelers as they cause accidents obstructing the movement of faster vehicles. 
Battery run easy-bikes and shallow engine-run nasimon and karimon are better known as human haulers for their extraordinary capacity to carry up to 15 passengers compared to their small size.
Contrary to the police claims there is no sign that a restriction is in place on the highways on the movement of these unauthorised transports.
On February 10, the High Court directed the government to throw the slow moving and unstable transports out of the highways.
A bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Habibul Goni directed the highway police deputy inspector general and the police superintendents at Jessore, Khulna, Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Magura, Narail, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Meherpur and Bagherhat to report compliance in two weeks.
New Age Khulna correspondent reported that police were seen employing street children to collect money from drivers of these unauthorised transports on Khulna-Satkhira Highway passing through the Khulna city.
In an ultimatum issued Tuesday,   Khulna Bus and Minibus Owners’ Association announced an indefinite  strike from February 26 unless the human haulers were withdrawn from the highways by February 25.
Sabbir, a 10-year old street child at Sonadanga Bypass Road, said that since Sunday he got Tk 100 per day from the police for collecting money for them from the human hauler drivers.
Driver Rafiqul Islam said that he has to pay Taka 25 to police on duty at each check post to be able to reach the city’s kitchen market.
Khulna Metropolitan Police commissioner Shafiqur Rahman dismissed the allegation as ‘incorrect.’
Our Jhenaidah correspondent said that all the three unauthorised transports continue to carry passengers and goods on the highways passing through Jhenaidah.
The police claimed that they had  thrown these transports out of the highways since February 11.
Highway range deputy inspector general of police Asaduzzaman Mia told New Age that he received the HC order on Tuesday.
Highway range additional DIG Kamal Hossain said that any policeman found collecting money as alleged would be sacked on the spot.

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