Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the road condition should not be blamed for the death of Titumir College student Rajib Hasan.
“Road management is not responsible for Rajib’s death…the accident took place due to mismanagement in transport sector,” said the minister while talking to reporters after visiting the activities of a mobile court at Hatirjheel.
Referring to a recent newspaper report blaming road mismanagement for Rajib’s death, he said, “The accident has no link to good or bad condition of roads.
The boy lost his arm when a vehicle was overtaking another… road condition is not responsible for it.”
“The boy (Rajib) might have done something wrong…he might have been standing in the bus wrongly. The drivers have to be more cautious about it,” he said.
Rajib Hasan, who lost his right arm being pressed between two buses in the city, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early Tuesday.
On April 3, Rajib Hasan, a 2nd year student of Govt Titumir College, was going to attend his classes by a double-decker bus of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC). He was standing on the rear gate dangling his right hand outside as the bus was overcrowded.
When the bus got stranded at the Sonargaon crossing near Panthakunja park, a ‘Sajan Paribahan’ bus tried to make its way through the narrow space in between the BRTC bus and the footpath. However, Rajib's right hand was pressed in between the two buses and got severed from the elbow.
After the rescue, the victim was first taken to MH Samorita Hospital at Panthapath and then shifted to the DMCH.