BUP student Abrar died after being run over by a Suprovat Paribahan bus on March 19
A Dhaka court has placed the owner of Suprovat Paribahan, whose bus ran over and killed Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury in Dhakalast month, on remand for three days in a case filed over the incident.
Nani Gopal Sarker, 42, who is the prime accused in the accident, was arrested in Mugda, Dhaka on Thursday evening.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah placed him on remand for three days when the detectives produced him before the court on Friday.
Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said a team of DB arrested Nani Gopal around 6:30pm on Thursday, following a tip-off.
“We first thought that the bus driver was responsible for Abrar’s death. But during the investigation, we found that the bus had caused an accident in Bashtola area of Gulshan earlier in the day, where a student named Synthia was injured. Locals and passers-by caught the bus driver, Sirajul Islam, and handed him over to the traffic police,” the DMP official said.
“In the meantime, bus conductor Yasin Arafat had called Nani Gopal for instructions, who told him to flee the scene in Gulshan. In the process of fleeing, Yasin’s reckless driving ran over Abrar in front of the Bashundhara Residential Area,” he further added.
“If Gopal had not instructed Yasin to flee with the bus, Abrar might have still been alive.”
Masudur said Yasin and the bus driver’s assistant, Ibrahim, had confessed before the court about the incident.
“Nani did not change the ownership of the bus, which he bought almost two and a half years ago. The route permit of the bus was from Dhaka’s Mohakhali to Brahmanbaria. However, the bus was operating on the Sadarghat-Gazipur road. Instead of 45 seats, he used 49 seats,” Masudur further added.
About the investigation, the DMP official said: “We have taken expert opinion from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) about the matter, and we are almost at the end of the investigation.
“Gopal will now be interrogated. We will submit the charge sheet on completion of the investigation.”
Abrar died having being run over by the Suprovat Paribahan bus in front of the main gate of the Bashundhara Residential Area on March 19. After the accident, police arrested Yasin and Ibrahim.
Abrar’s father Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury filed a case with the Gulshan police station shortly afterwards.