Police say Payel could have been saved had he been rushed to a hospital after the accident
Bus driver Jamal Hossain and supervisor Md Jony have told the court how they killed North South University’s BBA student Saidur Rahman Payel.
A Munshiganj court sent Jamal’s brother and his assistant Foysal on a one-day remand, on Monday.
“The driver and supervisor’s version are almost similar. But the driver tried to protect his brother, saying it was he and the supervisor who dumped the unconscious Payel into the river,” the case’s investigation officer Sub-Inspector Md Mamun said.
Payel’s family, devastated by his loss, demanded the maximum punishment for the perpetrators.
His father, Qatar expatriate Golam Mowla, and his eldest son, rushed home last Tuesday.
“I cannot accept my innocent son’s death,” Mowla said.
He said he wanted to send Payel to Australia for university but his son insisted on studying at NSU.
“He spoke about preparing for the BCS at this stage [he was a second-year student]. His mother has broken down,” Mowla said.
Payel was returning to Dhaka from Chittagong on July 21, on a Hanif Paribahan bus, with friends. According to police, the bus got stuck in a traffic jam in Munshiganj’s Gazaria around 4am.
After some time, Payel disembarked to relieve himself. When the gridlock eased, he rushed back to get on. At that moment, he was hit by the bus and lost consciousness.
The driver, his assistant, and supervisor threw Payel into the river— presuming that he was dead. Police recovered his body on July 23.
A day later, Payel’s maternal uncle Golam Sarwardy filed a case with Gazaria police accusing the driver, his assistant, and supervisor of killing the NSU student.
Driver Jamal, supervisor Foysal, and helper Jony – 38 – were arrested from the Bhaber Char area in Munshiganj’s Gazaria upazila, on July 24. The three are currently in Munshiganj district prison.
‘Payel could have been saved’
Munshiganj district police chief Md Zayedul Alam said the NSU student could have been saved if he had been taken to a hospital.
“Payel was still alive when he was dumped in the river,” the SP told the media on July 26, quoting the post-mortem report.
“He had a lot of water in his stomach. He could have been saved if he had been rushed to any local hospital immediately after the accident,” Zayedul said.
Munshiganj Civil Surgeon Dr Habibur Rahman, and Munshiganj General Hospital’s Resident Medical Officer SM Sakhawat Hossain, declined to comment on the autopsy report.
When asked about the police statement, the doctor said, “They [police] can say it but we cannot due to an order from the higher-ups.”