Milon lived with his parents in the Dholaipar area in Dhaka
A six-year-old boy was crushed under the wheels of a bus in Dhaka’s Jatrabari area.
The accident took place when a Turag Paribahan bus ran him over in front of Sama Market of the area around 2pm on Wednesday.
The deceased, Md Milon, was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the on-duty doctors pronounced him dead.
Milon, youngest of three siblings, was the son of Quaiyim Miah of Gaibandha’s Balashighat area.
He lived with his parents in the Dholaipar area in Dhaka.
“The driver has been detained and the bus was seized. The body has been sent to DMCH morgue for an autopsy,” Jatrabari police station Officer-in-Charge Mazharul Islam said while confirming the matter.
Never-ending deaths due to reckless driving
Earlier on Tuesday, a woman died after being run over by a bus in Dhaka’s Shantinagar area.
The victim, Kaniz Fatema Ruma, 30, an employee at Quantum Blood Bank lab in Shantinagar, died while undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
Massive countrywide road safety movement
On July 29 last year, two students of Kurmitola’s Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College were killed, when a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus crashed into them on a sidewalk.
Protesting the incident on the same day, school and college students took to the streets, demanding justice for the victims. The demonstration gained further momentum on August 4 when the protests gained support from university students.
Reasons behind road accidents
On July 5, a report published showed at least 2,329 people, including 291 women and 381 children, were killed and 4,361 others injured in 2,159 road accidents across Bangladesh in the first half of 2019.
Shipping and Communication Reporters Forum (SCRF), a platform of journalists, prepared the report based on news carried by 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.
Ashis Kumar Dey, president of the SCRF, said the forum identified 10 major reasons behind the rise of road accidents in the country.
The reasons are: reckless drivers racing, contractually leasing vehicles to drivers or conductors on a daily basis, employing drivers without any license, lack of awareness among pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motorcyclists, tendency to overload and overtake among drivers in violation of traffic rules.
Also, extensive driving without any interval, lack of implementation of law to stop plying of unfit vehicles, violation of traffic rules on long routes, increase in motorcycles and three-wheelers on roads and highways, and carrying passengers and goods in locally-made motorized vehicles.