Being fined, ride-sharing biker sets motorcycle on fire
A biker -- working with ride-sharing service -- set his motorcycle on fire after a traffic sergeant "attempted to file a case" in Dhaka's Badda area this morning.
Shawkat Ali (46) set his bike on fire out of frustration and anger as the sergeant attempted to penalise him for traffic rule violation, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media where the man was seen shouting in exasperation. He was also seen preventing people from trying to douse the fire.
The OC said they took the bike and Shawkat to the police station, to know more about what happened. He will be released soon.
"He was severely affected financially due to the pandemic and was going through some psychological issues too. Earlier, he incurred a loss of around Tk 9 lakh after running a shop. He is burdened with debt," the police officer said.
The Daily Star reached out to Shawkat Ali for comments, but he was not in a condition to speak at the time.