The incident occurred in front of the university’s main entrance on Wednesday
Two Jagannath University (JnU) students have been run over by a teacher’s car, while they were returning from a protest for safer roads.
The injured students are Ayesha Momena and Ima Akter from the Department of Islamic History and Culture.
The incident occurred in front of the university’s main entrance around 2:30pm on Wednesday.
According to eyewitnesses, a group of JnU students were heading towards the TSC intersection, after participating in a demonstration for safer roads at the Raisaheb Bazaar intersection of Old Dhaka.
They furthered that a car—owned and driven by Professor Md Mofazzal Hossain of the university's law department—hit the two female students in front of the university’s main entrance. The car knocked Ima out of the way, and ran over Ayesha’s left leg.
They continued that students stopped the car and requested the teacher take Ayesha to a hospital, but Prof Mofazzal refused to help. Angry students then vandalized the car, prompting the teacher to leave the area.
Ayesha was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in an ambulance.
The on-duty doctor said Ayesha suffered a fracture in her left leg. As her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Apollo Hospital in the city.
Present in the area during the accident, a social science department student of the university, Abu Syed said: “The teacher’s car hit two students in front of the university main entrance. Prof Mofazzal should not have plowed through the students, as there was a big crowd there.”
Responding to query, Prof Mofazzal said: “I could not see those students because there was a rickshaw in front of me. I have taken full responsibility for the treatment of the injured student. I feel terrible about the whole incident.”
The teacher however denied the allegation of refusing to take the injured to a hospital in his car.
The victims Ima Akter and Ayesha Momena could not be reached on the phone for comment.
Addressing the issue, university Proctor Dr Nur Mohammad said: “The teachers responsible for the accident is regretful, and is bearing the treatment cost of injured students. As they are our teacher and students, the university will resolve the matter internally.”