Dhaka: The Bangladesh government has increased the punishment for road accident
deaths to five years as thousands of students protested for a ninth day over the deaths of two teenagers killed by a speeding bus in Dhaka.
However, the Dhaka Tribune and Prothom Alo reported that the government had
approved a new legislation to increase the punishment for road accidents to five years imprisonment. The highest punishment was earlier three years imprisonment. Reuters had earlier quoted an unnamed law ministry official, who said they were considering the capital punishment for those guilty of carrying out road accidents.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who faces an election due by the end of the year, has accused her political rivals of trying to stir up anti-government sentiment using the deaths as a pretext. The opposition has denied involvement.
Bangladesh increases punishment for fatal traffic accidents to five years to end protests