Banned Lagunas rule Dhaka streets
Human haulers, locally also known as Laguna, are running on the main roads of the metropolis defying the ban imposed by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). Although those four-wheelers do not have any route permit, those are found carrying passengers both on the main roads, lanes, sub-lanes and feeder roads, reports Asian Age.
Concern grows further as most of the Laguna drivers are children. DMP imposed a ban on those risky rides recently in a bid to restore traffic order in Dhaka. Soon after the special traffic awareness month ends, the owners’ syndicates have hit the streets with their vehicles.
Meantime, police seemed holding out an olive branch to the unlicensed passenger carriers. Owners of the human haulers have also claimed that they were carrying passengers as the home minister, DMP commissioner and high-ups of police relaxed the ban considering the transport scarcity in the capital. However, police claimed they only permitted those on feeder roads.
During a visit, the Lagunas were found running on Farmgate-Jigatola, Mirpur 60-feet, Mohammadpur, Kachu-khet, Gulistan, Goran, Khilgaon, Mirpur-10 and 14 and Hazaribagh areas. A Laguna driver Ramij Ali claimed owners of the vehicles had managed police. Ali was not wrong at all, as on-duty traffic police men were found at ECB intersection allowing those to ply.