Police yesterday said the driver of UberMOTO ferrying Brac University student Fahmida Haque Labannya (21) had used fake identities and information to register with Uber. Police have instructed all ride-sharing companies to look into such matters of irregularities. “The motorcycle driver, Suman Hossain, had used fake addresses to register with Uber. His National Identity Card and bKash account address were also fakes,” Biplob Kumar Sarker, deputy commissioner (Tejgaon division) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told reporters at his office.
Suman was arrested from Mohammadpur on Friday. The driver of the covered van that had hit the bike and run over the student was also detained from Savar on Saturday. The two were produced in a Dhaka court yesterday. While the UberMOTO driver was remanded to police custody for two days, the van driver was placed in a four-day remand.
Labannya, a third-year student of Brac University"s computer science and engineering department, was killed on Thursday after the van ran her over when she fell from the motorcycle.
Labannya was the daughter of Imdadul Haque of Mymensingh"s Fulbari upazila and was living in Shyamoli.
According to the DCP, Suman told police that the deceased student had taken the ride from Shyamoli around 10:36 am for Khilgaon. A jaywalker had suddenly appeared in front of the bike while trying to cross the road near the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, prompting him to brake. Labannya could not keep her balance and fell on the right side of the bike. Instantly, a covered van ran her over, killing her on the spot.
The DCP said: “The UberMOTO driver was driving at a reckless speed. At the time of the accident, the driver of the killer van was also speeding.”
Pedestrians and the motorbike driver took Labannya to Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital, where the doctor on duty announced her dead, he also said. “It took us time to find Suman because he had used fake identities and addresses. The Uber authorities also didn"t cooperate with the police,” he claimed.
Biplob also accused the ride-sharing company of giving permits to drivers without proper verification. “These drivers are not experts and some are drug addicts. Some also harass women customers,” he added.
The DCP warned ride-sharing companies to resolve these problems soon or the police would take action against them. Labannya"s accident comes a month after Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), was run over by a Suprobhat Paribahan bus as he was trying to cross the road in front of Jamuna Future Park at Kuril.
Abrar"s death had sparked a countrywide protest by students to demand road safety. The protest was similar to the one last year after a speeding bus had ran over two students on Airport Road in Dhaka.