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‘The thing I feared the most, just happened to me’

  • Published at 09:34 am August 29th, 2019

Krishna Roy Chowdhury lost her leg when a bus ran over her in Bangla Motor on Tuesday

Assistant manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Krishna Roy Chowdhury, 52, lost her leg when a bus of Trust Transport hit her while she was walking on the footpath. 

Talking to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday the victim said the accident happened at Bangla Motor on Tuesday.

She was first taken to the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital  and later admitted to the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (NITOR), commonly known as Pongu Hospital for better treatment. 

In tears, she related how the accident occurred to this correspondent.

She said: “The thing that I feared the most happened to me. I was always concerned about crippled people and their difficulty in moving from one place to another. They have to use crutches to move, even getting into public transport is a tremendous challenge. I felt bad for them and now I will have to go through the same ordeal every day,” said Krishna Roy Chowdhury. 

"An official of Trust Transport authority came to meet me for a negotiation. He said the accident was unintentional. I told him to talk to my bosses in BIWTC office,” she added.

Bursting into tears, Krishna said: “As I was walking on the footpath at Bangla Motor, planning to get on a bus to go home from the office. All of a sudden I noticed that a Shahbagh bound bus of Trust company was coming towards me and before I could move the bus hit me while I was walking on the footpath."

"I had a head injury and was taken to the Holy Family Hospital by two people, later a Holy Family ambulance took me to the NITOR as my condition was deteriorating," she added. 

Krishna Roy Chowdhury, a mother of two, including elder son Kaushik Chowdhury, a Daffodil University undergrad and Aishwarya Chowdhury, a first-year student of Jagannath University.

According to Kaushik also a merchandiser by profession, his mother breadwinner of the family.

He told Dhaka Tribune: “Our family is dependent on my mother. My father Radhasham Chowdhury is a retired Professor of the Bhawal Badre Alam Government College.”

“I expect a proper solution as Trust Transport Service is a sister concern of the Bangladesh Army, the peace keeping force. I hope the peacekeeping and disciplinary force [Army] will solve the crisis peacefully,” he said.

Her frustrated son added: “At this moment we are mentally traumatized. My mother cannot get her leg back; she has already lost it, but the proper justice meted according to the law of the country.”

Krishna Roy is being treated by orthopaedic surgeon Dr Abdur Rob at NITOR. 

He told Dhaka Tribune: "The bone below her knee is totally broken and the whole blood circulation system under her knee has been disconnected which cannot be recovered.  She had to be given blood," Abdur Rob said. 

"She was taken to the neuroscience hospital to test any severe head injury as she had thrown up once. But she is out of danger now. We will perform a surgery to prepare her to attach an artificial leg and further keep under observation," Dr Rob added.

A team representing the Trust Transport Owners Association went to the BIWTC office on Wednesday to negotiate the issue and offered Tk2 lakhs, but Krishna's husband Radhasham Chowdhury along with the BIWTC official rejected the offer. 

Nazrul Islam, public relations officer at BIWTC, confirmed this to Dhaka Tribune.

Later Krishna's husband Radhasham filed a case with the Hatirjheel Police Station, confirmed Sub Inspector Khairul Alam, against the owner, driver and helper of the bus of Trust Transport.