He went to the residence of Diya Khanam Mim’s family in Mohakhali around 6pm on Wednesday and met her father Jahangir Fakir
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, who is facing public rage for grinning and trying to downplay a road crash that saw two college students die on Sunday, have met the family of one the victims and apologised.
He went to the residence of Diya Khanam Mim’s family in Mohakhali around 6pm on Wednesday and met her father Jahangir Fakir.
He was accompanied by Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation leaders, among others. They stayed for around 20 minutes and offered their condolences.
Jahangir said that the minister apologised, explaining that he was smiling about something else when he was asked questions about the road crashed that killed Diya and another teenager -Abdul Karim Rajib – both were students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College.
According to Shajahan, he was not aware of the whole situation and had failed to understand when the questions were asked, said Jahangir.
“It was my mistake. I apologise to you and all the students,” the minister said.
Jahangir, who is also a bus driver, urged Shajahan to cancel the licences of unskilled and underage drivers and take action against all unfit vehicles.
Diya and Rajib were killed when a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus ploughed through a group of students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on the city’s Airport Road on Sunday.
Later that day, Shajahan was visibly irked when journalists asked him about the deaths caused by an unhealthy competition between two buses and told him that drivers had become reckless because he had overlooked their faults.
“A road crash has claimed 33 lives in India’s Maharashtra; but do they talk about it the way we do?” he asked while grinning.
His reaction resulted into an uproar among general people, especially students, prompting many to take to social media to express their anger and demand his resignation.
The minister, however, apologised to the nation.