Nayeem’s death exposes massive irregularities in DSCC
The garbage truck that hit Notre Dame College student Nayeem Hasan on Wednesday was never driven by the assigned driver of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
Staff driver Md Iran Mia, who was supposed to operate the vehicle, rented it out to Md Harun Mia, who is actually a contractual staff of the corporation.
On the other hand, Harun rented the vehicle out to Rasel Khan, who was once a contractual cleaner of the DSCC.
Rasel was behind the wheels of the truck that killed Nayeem Hasan at Gulistan on Wednesday.
It came as a surprise when the DSCC officials came to know that, in the driver’s cabin on the day, there were four people -- three cleaners and one driver; and three of them were not appointed by the DSCC.
“Probably they got a sub-contract from our employees. In the driver’s cabin, only cleaner Abdur Razzak was our contractual employee. We did not know this kind of anarchy was going on there,” said DSCC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Abu Naser.
The DSCC has sacked Abdur Razzak and Harun Mia and suspended driver Iran. A departmental inquiry has also been launched.
Earlier in the day, police said that Rasel had taken the truck’s keys from Harun and took out the vehicle from Sayedabad area of Dhaka.
A Dhaka court granted the police three days to interrogate Rasel.
Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner of police’s Motijheel Division, said they had arrested Rasel from near the Awami League office in Gulistan with help of passers-by when along with two other cleaners -- Golam Rabbani and Belal – were trying to flee the scene.
Police were looking for Harun.
There are around 200 drivers at the DSCC who were appointed as cleaners and peons. These unskilled drivers are allowed to drive garbage trucks with the blessings of top officials of the transport department.
They often engage in yaba trade apart from stealing fuel from the trucks owing to the reluctance of the authorities concerned.
Earlier, at least two people were killed when they were hit by DSCC dumping trucks in the capital this year.
A telephone operator of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, Mohammad Khalid, was killed when hit by a DSCC truck in March. Rickshaw-puller Md Mostafa died in a similar manner in April.
Asked about the unauthorized drivers, DSCC Transport Department General Manager Bipul Chandra Bishwas told Bangla Tribune that Rasel Khan had been driving trucks for the last three years.
“We are shocked at the incident. So far, I know he (Rasel) has a driving license. I need to recheck whether he is a cleaner,” he said.
He avoided answering a question of whether a cleaner could drive a truck on the streets of the capital.
The DSCC has 513 vehicles but it has 147 full-time drivers. Around 200 vehicles are operated by drivers appointed on master roll, mostly as cleaners. They do not have training or licences, according to Bangla Tribune.
The transport department could not provide any specific information about the drivers of the 166 other vehicles.