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Bus driver responsible for Mohakhali road crash held

  • Published at 02:57 pm September 28th, 2019
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The killer bus did not have a permit to ply the route in which the accident occurred

Police have detained the driver of the bus which ran over a pedestrian in front of Mohakhali flyover in Dhaka on August 5.

Md Shamim Soiyal, 20, was detained from Mohakhali bus stand on Friday, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Mashiur Rahman confirmed on Saturday.

The killer bus did not have a permit to ply the route in which the accident occurred. 

Mashiur said the deceased Farhanaz, who used to work at RiceCo International Bangladesh situated in Mohakhali, was dropped off in front of her office by her husband Md Nazmul Hasan around 8:50am on August 5.

When Farhanaz was waiting for a bus on the footpath, a bus of Cantonment Mini Service, after taking a U-turn under the Amtoli overbridge, drove recklessly and hit her. 

Farhanaz was critically injured. The driver Shamim and his helper both fled the scene. 

Later, Farhanaz was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital, where the duty doctors declared her dead. Her body was sent to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.

Her husband, Nazmul, filed a case with Banani police station, which was handed over to the Detective Branch (DB). 

After primary interrogation, driver Shamim said his bus only had a permit to ply the Dhaka-Bhairab route. However, the owner of the bus bribed the managing committee of the Dhaka Cantonment Mini Service Bus banner to use Mirpur 14-Kakoli route. 

Shamim said: "The owner had to make a payment of Tk500, per day, to the managing committee to ply the Mirpur 14-Kakoli road. If the bus could earn Tk4,000 a day, then the driver would be paid Tk700, and the helper Tk400. 

"However, we would be paid more if the bus could earn a fare above Tk4,000. That is why, on August 5, when I saw another bus of the same company getting ahead of me, I did not think of anything but to stay ahead of it, so I could earn the extra fare."