Bangladeshi man sets his bike on fire after being repeatedly fined

Shawkat Ali bought a motorbike two months ago for ride-sharing services to earn some money. However, he himself set the bike on fire on Monday when he was fined for violating traffic rules

Sep 28, 2021
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Bangladeshi man sets his bike on fire after being repeatedly fined

Shawkat Ali bought a motorbike two months ago for ride-sharing services to earn some money. However, he himself set the bike on fire on Monday when he was fined for violating traffic rules. The video of the incident later went viral on social media platforms in Bangladesh. 

The 46-year-old man had switched to ride-sharing services after he incurred huge losses in his sanitary business, reported The Daily Star. He had reportedly lost over $11600 in the business. 

However, his trouble didn’t end there. In the last two months, since he started driving using a bike-sharing app, he was repeatedly fined for violating traffic rules. 

Already under heavy loss, his frustration peaked on Monday, when a traffic police officer attempted to fine him over parking his vehicle at the wrong place. Unable to bear more, he set his bike on fire on the streets of Dhaka on Monday. 

 "I set it on fire myself. I cannot bear it anymore,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star newspaper. “Last week, traffic police filed a case against me, and another was filed today [yesterday]," he added. 

Despite his repeated requests, police fined him, ending whatever little patience he had by then. However, later he regretted his decision. The officer who charged him admitted Shawqat was going through some financial issues and also psychological issues. 

Thousands of people in recent months registered themselves as drivers in bike-sharing apps as joblessness increased after the pandemic. 

(SAM)