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Mad race between buses kills SSC examinee

The death triggers angry protest; 12 buses torched in capital

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mad race between buses kills SSC examinee
Students of different educational institutions stage demonstrations blocking both the carriageways of the road at Rampura in the capital on Tuesday in protest against the death of an SSC examinee in a road accident. – Reaz Ahmed Sumon

Amid the ongoing movement of students for safe roads and half bus fares, a mad race between two buses has claimed the life of a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee in the city on his birthday.

The death of Mainuddin Islam Durjoy, who sat for the SSC examination from Rampura Ekramunnesa School and College this year, in the road accident on Monday night has sparked angry protests by locals and his fellows, resulting in the torching of 12 buses instantly.

Students of different educational institutions also took to the streets on Tuesday in protest against his death and demanding exemplary punishment for the bus staffers.

The students of Rampura Ekramunnesa School and College, Dhaka Imperial College and some other educational institutions took position at the Rampura Bridge around 11:00am.

They were holding placards that read ‘I’m the next’, ‘We want justice’, ‘Raise demand for road safety’ and ‘Student killed in the dark but the administration sleeps’.

The protesting students chanted various slogans demanding capital punishment for the bus driver and his helper responsible for the accident.

They left the road in the afternoon, but announced that they will hit the streets again today.

Law enforcers have already arrested the driver and helper of ‘Anabil Paribahan’ bus that ran over Durjoy while victim’s mother Rashida Begum filed a case with Rampura Police Station in this regard.

Around 11:00pm, Durjoy was crossing the DIT Road to return home in East Rampura, said Saiful Islam, inspector (investigation) of the police station.

At that time, two buses of Anabil and Raida paribahans heading towards Malibagh engaged in a mad race to overtake each other, he said, adding that at one point, the ‘Anabil Paribahan’ bus hit Durjoy and ran him over, leaving him dead on the spot.

Commuters instantly chased the bus and caught its driver and handed him over to police, Saiful said. As the news of Durjoy’s death spread around, locals rushed to the DIT Road and went on the rampage through the street, he said.

The angry mob vandalised a number of buses and set fire to at least 12, including the one which ran Durjoy over.

On information, police rushed in, brought the situation under control and sent the body to Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 1:30am on Tuesday.

Firefighters also rushed in and doused the fire of the 12 buses, said Rojina Akhter, duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence control room.

The body of the SSC examinee was handed over to the family on Tuesday noon following autopsy.

Durjoy was the youngest among three siblings and he used to help his father to run a tea stall at Rampura.

Meanwhile, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested accused bus helper Chand Mia from Sayedabad area of the capital on Tuesday morning, said ANM Imran Khan, assistant director (Legal and Media Wing) of the RAB Headquarters.

The helper admitted that the accident took place due to the mad competition between the two buses, he said.