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SC: Suprobhat Paribahan must pay Tk10 lakh to Abrar's family

  • Published at 11:49 am April 9th, 2019
Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury
Bangladesh University of Professionals student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury seen holding a placard during last year’s road safety movement, left, and his bloodied identity card and shirt on the road after Abrar was run over by a bus in the morning of March 19, 2019 Collected

Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury was run over by a Suprobhat Paribahan bus on March 19

The Supreme Court has upheld the High Court's order that Suprobhat Paribahan, within seven days, must compensate Abrar Ahmed's family with Tk10lakh.

A four-member bench of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Tuesday.

Previously, on 20 March, the High Court directed Suprobhat Paribahan to give Tk10 lakh after hearing a petition seeking compensation for the victim's family.

The court also issued a ruling asking the authorities concerned, and the bus company, to explain within four weeks why they should not be directed to compensate Abrar's family with Tk5 crore.

In the edict, the court asked government officials to provide reasons why the constant failure of the government to prevent road accidents should not be declared illegal.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Ruhul Kuddus Kajal filed the petition and Deputy Attorney General Zahid Sarwer Kajol represented for the state.

Additionally, the court instructed Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Director of BUET's Road Accident Research Institute and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) additional commissioner (traffic) to submit a probe report of the accident.

In the morning of March 19, Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, a first year student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)—and also a road safety activist himself—was run over by a Suprobhat Paribahan bus, at Nodda on Progati Sarani area, and killed on spot, as he was trying to cross the road.