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‘My mother is dying, please save her’

  • Published at 05:49 pm December 15th, 2019
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People gather around dead body of Sakhina Begum as a bus running over her at Farmgate area of Dhaka on Sunday, December 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The wife of a freedom fighter, Sakhina was planning to spend Victory Day with her sons and grandchildren but her life tragically ended when a bus ran over her in the capital’s Farmgate on Sunday

An open heart surgery patient, Sakhina Begum, 55, went to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) regularly for doctor check ups. With the roads being relatively free on Sunday, she opted to ride with her son Shamim on his motorbike to visit the hospital. After completing her check up, she collected the prescription for her medicines. 

The wife of a freedom fighter, Sakhina was planning to spend Victory Day with her sons and grandchildren but her life tragically ended when a bus ran over her in the capital’s Farmgate on Sunday.  

At 2pm on Sunday, a route 3 bus hit the motorcycle carrying Sakhina and her son which caused her to fall on to the footpath. The bus ran over her as her son witnessed his mother lose her life on the spot. However, Shamim was left unhurt. 

His friend, Md Sumon confirmed the news to Dhaka Tribune. 

The deceased’s body was taken to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College morgue for autopsy. Tejgaon police station Inspector (operations) Hasnat Khandaker confirmed that the bus and its driver Shah Alam have been detained and a case was being filed regarding the incident.

Md Sumon said: “I was in Dhanmondi in the afternoon when Shamim called me saying ‘My mother is dying, please save her. Come to Farmgate as soon as you can.’ So I rushed to the spot and saw that my friend’s mother was lying on the ground, lifeless. Later, I arranged for the body to be taken to the morgue with assistance from the police.”

The deceased’s other son, Md Al Amin said: “My mother would go with us on our motorbikes whenever she got the opportunity but we have never had any accidents. I lost my mother due to the reckless driving of the bus driver. We will file a case. We want the bus driver to be punished.”

Sakhina Begum was from Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria.and her husband a freedom fighter, retired from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). She had arrived in Dhaka four days prior to her accident and was staying at her son Shamim’s residence in Khilkhet, who happens to be a deputy assistant officer at Khamar Bari. The deceased left behind four sons and three daughters.

Tejgaon police station Inspector (operations) Hasnat Khandaker said: “One of the deceased daughters lived in Tejgaon where she was visiting. Shamim picked her up from Tejgaon after office to take her to BSMMU. After completing her check up, they were going back to Shamim’s residence in Khilkhet when the unfortunate incident took place.”