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There seems to be no end in sight to the spate of road accidents, with a total of six persons killed and 20 injured yesterday at different places in the country. In a separate development, the High Court (HC) yesterday (Tuesday) instructed the government to pay Tk. 1 lakh as compensation to the families of the four children who were killed in road crashes recently. - A home for your website

At least four persons died yesterday (Tuesday) in the capital on account of road mishaps. A 10-year-old girl, a daughter of a journalist, died after she was run over by a microbus on her way to school at Uttara area in the morning. The deceased was identified as Faija Tahsina Shuchi, 10, a daughter of The Daily Ittefaq’s assistant editor Faijul Islam. The fifth-grade student of Diabari Milestone School was seriously injured at the time of the accident, which occurred near Bridge No. 10 of Rajuk Apartment area. She was rushed to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital, where the doctor on duty declared her dead.

The officer-in-charge (OC) of Turag police station, Nurul Mottakin, confirmed the incident. He told The Independent that the police seized the microbus from the spot but its driver and passengers had already fled. “A case has been filed with Turag police station,” he added.

In another road accident in Baridhara’s Coca-Cola bus stand area early in the morning yesterday (Tuesday), a tea vendor, Shaheen, 42, and night guard Kabir Hossain, 45, died after a bus of Dewan Poribahan rammed into a roadside tea stall in Bharata area around 3am. Two persons died on the spot. The driver of the Badda-bound bus fled the spot with the vehicle. The bodies were taken to the Dhaka Medical College morgue for autopsy.

Shihab Uddin, officer-in-charge (OC) of the

Operations Department of Bhatara police station, confirmed the incident to The Independent. He said the police later seized the bus but the driver is absconding.

Furthermore, an unidentified woman aged around 45 years was found dead after she was run over by a bus in Malibagh’s Mouchak area around 5am. She was dead by the time she was brought to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) by an auto-rickshaw driver later in the morning.

In August 2018, the country was rocked by protests by school students seeking safer roads. Following the protests, several initiatives were taken, but the deaths caused by road mishaps have not subsided.

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to compensate Tk. 1 lakh to the families of four children who died in road accidents in Dhaka’s Keraniganj and Chattogram recently.

It also issued a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be directed to pay Tk. 50 lakh as compensation to the families of the children.

The HC bench, comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil, came up with the order and rule following a writ filed by rights organisations Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation and Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust.

The home secretary, communications secretary and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) chairman have been directed to implement its order by giving Tk. 100,000 each to the families of the four victims within 15 days.

The road crashes took place in Dhaka’s Keraniganj and Chattogram last month.

On January 28, Fatima Afrin, a sixth grader and Afsar Hossain, 10, were crushed under a truck in Keraniganj when they were returning home on a motorcycle with their father.

The two other children are Kazi Mahmudur Rahman, 14, son of Kazi Abdur Rahman, and Soma Barua, 18, daughter of Rupayan Barua, both of Chattogram.

Barrister Abdul Halim argued on behalf of the petitioner in the court. He was accompanied by lawyer Jamiul Haque Faisal.

UNB adds:

A bank official and a woman were killed and 20 others injured after a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in the Sadar upazila yesterday (Tuesday) morning.

The deceased are Nurul Islam, 40, the son of the late Abdul Mazed Mollah, resident of Sultanshahi village. He was the senior officer (cash) of BASIC Bank. The other victim is Momena Begum, 25, daughter of Shahid Mollah, and a resident of Purbapara village in Kotalipara upazila.

Police said the accident took place around 9:30am on the Gopalganj-Kotalipara road in Khanarpara.

“The bus fell into a roadside ditch, killing two persons on the spot,” said Sirajul Islam, sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station. The injured were admitted to Gopalganj General Hospital.

In Sirajganj, a local leader of ruling Awami League was killed as a truck hit him on Bogura-Nagarbari road at Chariashikar area of Ullahpara upazila in Sirajganj yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Abdul Jalil, 54, of Patdhari village in the upazila and general secretary of AL Patdhari ward unit.

Shahin Reza, Sub-inspector of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station said a truck hit Jalil leaving him severely injured in the morning while he was crossing the road.

Later in the noon, the victim succumbed to his injuries after taking to the hospital, he said.


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