Pay Tk 10 lakh to Abrar’s family

HC asks bus owner

Staff Correspondent

21 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The High Court has directed the owner of Suprobhat bus service to pay Tk 10 lakh in compensation to the family of Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, who was crushed under the wheels of a vehicle of the transport operator in the capital.

A bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Wednesday following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Ruhul Kuddus Kajal.

The petitioner prayed for adequate compensation to the victim’s family. The HC asked the bus owner to pay Tk 10 lakh within seven days.

The court also issued a rule asking the government and the Suprobhat transport authorities to explain as to why they shall not be ordered to pay Tk 5 crore to the family of the victim.

It also wanted to know why continuous failure of the authorities concerned to ensure the safety of commuters on the streets shall not be declared illegal.

The court came up with the order a day after Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, a road safety campaigner and a first-year honours student of International Relations department of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), was killed while crossing Progoti Sarani in the capital.

Abrar was the son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury. He was the elder of two brothers.

Home secretary, road, transport and bridges secretary, BRTA director general, DMP high-up and Suprobhat Paribahan bus owner will have to reply to the rules within four weeks.

Besides, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), DMP boss and director of the Accident Research Institute of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will have to submit a report on the accident within 15 days.