The accident occurred on Road No 79 in Gulshan area
Aiming for a better future, Liyana Tripura Popy had moved to Dhaka four years ago, and managed to get a job at a beauty parlour at Gulshan two years later.
Taking care of her tuition fees at Bandarban Government College, where she was a second-year degree pass course student, on her own was the main motto of the 23-year-old from the Thanchi upazila of Bandarban.
Fatefully, Liyana’s dream will just remain a dream as a road accident killed her yesterday morning when she was on her way to work from the Kalachandpur area.
Gulshan police station Sub Inspector (SI) Rabiul Haque said a speeding car had crashed into the rickshaw that was carrying Liyana and her colleague Srabanti Tripura on Road No 79 around 10:30am.
“Both sustained critical injuries and were rushed to a private hospital. But Liyana was declared dead upon arrival,” he said.
SI Rabiul said Liyana’s body was later taken to the Dhaka Medical College morgue for an autopsy, while Srabanti was admitted to United Hospital.
Liyana’s younger brother Joyonto Tripura later filed a case at Gulshan police station over the incident.
Police are yet to identify the vehicle in question and its driver. Around 8pm, SI Rabiul said they were still looking for the car.
Joyonto, who is an accounting department student at Dhaka University, told Dhaka Tribune they had moved to the capital city four years ago in search of a better life. But his sister’s tragic death as a result of reckless driving has shattered all their dreams.
“Liyana was the second eldest sibling. We never thought we would lose her this early,” he said with a heavy voice.
Expressing grief over the incident, he said: “We had dreamt to do something for our family living back in Bandarban.
“But it may now become an uphill task.”
Road accident culprits go largely unpunished
Suspects in road accident cases go scot free without witnesses, faulty probe reports, and negligence of police.
Sources at Police Headquarters said annually, only 4-5% such cases see convictions.
Last year, 2,609 cases over road accidents were filed across the country, 2,562 more than the previous year.
However, a report of Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association said at least 7,221 people were killed and 15,446 were injured in a total of 5,514 road accidents throughout 2018 across the country.
The report blamed reckless driving, overtaking, constructional error of the road, unfit vehicles, careless attitude of pedestrians, unskilled drivers, use of mobile and headphones while driving vehicles, driving after use of drugs, sudden appearance of vehicles on the highway and rail crossings from the feeder roads, lack of and grabbing of footpaths, overloading vehicles and increase in the number of small vehicles as the reasons behind the accidents.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu earlier had told Dhaka Tribune that a large number of cases were settled outside the court, resulting in poor conviction rates.
“In other cases, the accused are acquitted because of faulty investigations,” he said.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on June 12 had told parliament that 2,500 people die on average every year in road accidents across the country.
He also said 25,526 people were killed over the past decade, while 19,763 suffered injuries.