Biker set blaze his bike being angry over traffic sergeants
Published : Monday, 27 September, 2021 at 6:28 PM Count : 496
Shawkat Ali was a sanitary-ware trader in Keraniganj. He had lost all his capital due to closure of his shop indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic. Subsequently, he joined app based ride sharing to save his family members.
But, Shawkat Ali became frustrated due to frequent cases filed against him by traffic police. He was again stopped by a traffic sergeant at Badda Link Road area in the capital on Monday. This time, he set fire to his motorcycle right before police out of anger, pain and sufferings
His motorcycle started burning right before the pedestrians. Some of the onlookers videoed the incident and spread to social media. Many also conveyed sympathy to Shawkat. Some also strongly criticised police.
Shawkat Ali said traffic sergeants often file cases against him, and realises money. "We are required to pay 1,000--Tk 3,000 for a single case. I need to pay the fine more than what I earn throughout the day.
Then the biker Shawkat Ali had been working with ride-sharing service for the last few months.
Later, Shawkat, along with his charred bike, was taken to Badda Police Station for questioning, said the police station officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad.
He claimed that Shawkat set his motorcycle on fire after a traffic sergeant attempted to file a case in Badda area in the morning for "traffic rule violation".
A video of the incident went viral in social media where Shawkat was seen throwing his helmet into the fire. Some local people tried to resist him, but their attempt went in vein.
DMP traffic Badda zone assistant commissioner Subir Ranjan Das said that the bike was heading from Rampura to Gulshan.
He said that some ride sharing bikers were waiting in the middle of the road for passengers causing traffic gridlock in the area.
A traffic sergeant went there to penalise the bikers for illegal parking. Shawkat instantly set his bike on fire before anyone could understand anything.
He was not even fined, said AC Subir.
"Shawkat’s family was hard-hit financially due to the pandemic and was going through some difficulties. Earlier, he incurred a loss of around Tk 9 lakh after running a shop. He is burdened with debt. Being frustrated, he set the bike on fire," said the OC.