The court also directs the concerned to pay Tk1 lakh each to the victims’ families within 15 days as interim compensation
The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain as to why they should not be directed to pay Tk50 lakh each, in compensation to the families of four road accident victims in Dhaka and Chittagong.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the rule, asking the secretaries to home and road transport and bridges ministries, chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, inspector general of police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner and Chittagong Metropolitan Police commissioner to respond to it within four weeks.
The court also directed the concerned to pay Tk1 lakh each to the victims’ families within 15 days as interim compensation.
The bench came up with the order after holding primary hearing on a writ petition filed on public interest. Barrister Abdul Halim, aided by Jamiul Huq Faisal, moved the writ before the court.
An eighth-grader died on January 22 and a college student on January 16 in separate road accidents in Chittagong. Two school-going minor siblings were also killed in a road accident in Keraniganj on January 28.
Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust had filed the writ following the tragic incidents.
“The court has directed the authorities concerned to file reports on steps taken after those accidents; in regards to identifying the victims, the guilty drivers and the owners of concerned vehicles,” Halim said.
He said the court has fixed April 15 for passing further order in this regard.