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10th-grader killed by pick-up truck in Tangail

  • Published at 05:20 pm August 3rd, 2018
Locals and students burn tyres in Tangail
Angry students and locals block Dhaka-Shakhipur-Sagardighi road by burning tyres after a pick-up van ran over a student in that area Dhaka Tribune

Angry students and locals take to the streets in protest of the student's death

Another school student lost her life in a hit-and-run accident in Shakhipur upazila, Tangail Friday morning.

Sadia Jahan, 15, was crossing the road at Beltoli Bazar in Shakhipur's Kalia union around 9:30am when a pick-up truck struck her from behind and ran over her.

She was rushed to Shakhipur Upazila Health Complex in critical condition, but  as her condition deteriorated, she was transferred to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, where the on-duty doctors pronounced her dead around 12pm.

Sadia was a student of Class X in Barachowna High School in Shakhipur.

Police have arrested the driver of the pick-up truck, also 15 years old, and seized the vehicle, said SM Tuhin Ali, OC of Shakhipur police station. 

When this report was filed around 4pm, police were preparing to file a case on the accident, the OC told the Dhaka Tribune. 

Hundreds of outraged students in the area, including Sadia's classmates from Barachowna High School, blocked the Dhaka-Shakhipur-Sagarrdighi road around 10am. Locals also joined them in protest, chanting “We want safe roads!"

The protesters also burned tyres as they continued their demonstrations, witnesses said.

Around 4pm, protesters were left the area after they were assured of justice by Shakhipur police and local public representatives. 

Friday's accident took place when the country is still reeling from the protest sparked by the death of two 12th-graders in a road accident on the Airport Road in Dhaka on Sunday.

School and college students in Dhaka and across Bangladesh took to the streets during the entire week, demanding road safety and strict implementation of traffic laws.