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Salim Bepari's family prefers compensation over legal action

  • Published at 11:51 pm June 24th, 2018
Salim Bepari Collected

Salim, 50, who worked as a driver at a private firm in Mohakhali DOHS, died on the spot in the hit-and-run incident near Setu Bhaban in Banani, Dhaka around 10pm on June 19

The family members of Salim Bepari, who was killed in a road accident last week, expect a proper compensation from Noakhali 4 lawmaker Mohammed Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, whose son allegedly ran over Salim.

Considering their financial struggles, Salim's family prefers the compensation over legal actions against the suspect, Salim's brother-in-law Abdul Alim told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.

Denouncing media reports that the family has already received Tk20 lakh as compensation from Ekramul, he said they had yet to receive any money.

“The MP has promised to provide financial support to Salim's family; we hope that the compensation will be forthcoming,” Alim said.

The lawmaker will decide on the amount after coming back from abroad, he added.

Salim was responsible for his wife, an underage son and his elderly mother, Alim further said.

“After his death, it will be difficult for his family to cope with the situation. In this circumstance, bearing the expense of a case in court is beyond his family's capabilities. So, we agreed to accept the lawmaker's offer of compensation.”

Alim said they had already spoken with Ekramul's representatives for negotiation, adding that Ekramul had reached out to Salim's family through the latter's employer. “He [Ekramul] has asked about Salim's monthly income, family expenses and his child's educational expenses. We think he will support Salim's family.” 

Form left, Shabab Chowdhury, the Audi SUV that was reportedly involved in the accident and the number plate of the car found on the road after Tuesday night’s incident | Photos collected from Facebook 

Salim, 50, who worked as a driver at a private firm in Mohakhali DOHS, died on the spot in the hit-and-run incident near Setu Bhaban in Banani, Dhaka around 10pm on June 19.

Ekramul's son Shabab Chowdhury was allegedly driving the luxurious Audi SUV that ran over Salim, according to witnesses.

After the accident, Shabab allegedly fled the scene and took refuge in the NAM Complex on the city’s Manik Mia Avenue as he was chased by a car and a motorcycle.    

He also allegedly threatened to beat up the chasers and at one point offered them money to keep mum, saying that these types of accident happened all the time.

Shabab's family has claimed that he was not the one behind the wheel of the SUV, but one of their drivers.

They offered compensation to the victim's family as it was their car.

Police has yet to impound the car, which is registered under the lawmaker's wife's name, and their investigation is so far inconclusive as to who exactly was driving the car Tuesday night.

On June 21, police said they were trying to collect the footage from the CCTV near the site of the accident.

However, police have yet to collect CCTV footage from the NAM Complex, where Shabab allegedly hid.

On June 21, Syed Mamun Mostafa, assistant commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Mirpur zone, said the footage from the NAM Complex, where Ekramul has a government-allotted flat as an elected lawmaker, is their secondary concern.