Breakers or Enforcers?
waiting at the Kalabagan bus stand last Wednesday, a rickshaw
came up near where I was standing. It was a little disturbing,
since the road was off limits to rickshaws, and a few passengers
were asked to get off by the traffic police just a while back.
As the passenger asked the traffic police as to how that particular
rickshaw was not being stopped, the passenger in that rickshaw
emerged from under the hood, retorting "Kichu kichu
shomoy rickshaw chole ei rastay" (Sometimes, rickshaws
are allowed to ply on this road). The man was unable to come
up with any reply as the passenger who emerged from under
the hood was none other than a female police officer. It struck
me that some of the members of the so-called law enforcers
seem reluctant to personally follow laws that they are supposed
to enforce. When tlaw enforcers override a certain rule, it
lays bare the reason behind all social evil.
other day, a bunch of kids were going home from school in
their school bus, while playing around as usual. On their
way, they saw a RAB truck, probably out on rounds in that
particular area. Well, what can be more fascinating to children
than police cars and RAB trucks, law enforcers in slick uniform,
marching together with fancy arms, towards peace and the ultimate
protection and security of the civilians? These kind of local
heroes are usually seen only on TV. These kids didn't want
to miss their chance and they could not help expressing their
excitement. So the children, very gleefully, showed a 'thumbs
up' sign to the RAB, as a way of expressing their enthusiasm.
However, the RAB officers, thinking that the children insulted
them by showing them a 'thumbs' up sign meaning kolagach
or kochu (insignificant human beings) in Bangladesh,
they stopped the school bus and got all the children out of
it. Those kids were made to do sit ups, holding their ears.
Well, it's good to see that RAB has taken it in their stride
to discipline the children in the country. This was all that
was left to be done on their part towards a better society.
a public bus)
incident occurred before my brother's eyes on his way to university.
It was winter and he was on a bus. As it was a chilly morning,
almost all the windows of the bus were. Two men were sitting
next to each other. The man sitting next to the window had
a cold. He suddenly started to cough terribly and then made
a ghastly sound to clear his throat. After that, he spat his
mucus on the window, which he thought was open! It seems that
the glass was so clear that it seemed to be open. Meanwhile
the man beside him was screaming. The poor fellow just looked
confused and dazed for a moment and looked at the others around
him with an ashamed smile. Then, he wiped the sticky mucus
with his fingers and hurriedly rubbed them on his lungi
to give the problem a final and ultimate solution.
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