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Bus owner held in Bogra over Natore road crash

  • Published at 02:05 pm August 26th, 2018
The bus and human hauler involved in the accident in Natore, August 25, 2018 <b>Kamal Mridha/Dhaka Tribune</b>
Locals gather beside the wreckage of the bus and human haulier that collided and left 15 dead in Natore on Saturday, August 25, 2018 Kamal Mridha/Dhaka Tribune

At least 15 people were killed when a bus collided head-on with a human haulier in Lalpur upazila on Saturday

Police have arrested a bus owner from Bogra in a case filed over the fatal road accident in Lalpur upazila in Natore that left 15 people dead.

Manju Sarker, the owner of “Challenger Paribahan” was arrested on Sunday.

A team of police arrested Manju from Madhya Palsa area of the district town around 12:30pm, reports UNB.

“Bonpara highway police station Assistant Sub-Inspector Yousuf Miah filed the case on Saturday night with Lalpur police station, said Investigation Officer of the case and Sub-Inspector Tarikul Islam of the police station.

After getting interrogated by police Manju said he bought the unfit BRTC bus at an auction and started to operate it on Kushtia-Bogra road after repairing it.

Mofiz Uddin, manager (operation) of BRTC Bagra Bus Depot said there is no option to operate unfit and abandoned buses on the roads after it is sold on auction.

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Manju said the bus driver’s name in Shamim and he is resident of Malgram and the helper is Komol, a resident of Gokul village in Sada rupazila.

According his information, police conducted a drive to arrest the driver and the helper who went into hiding after the incident.

A case was filed against seven people over the fatal road accident.

The accused are the president of Bonpara Human Haulier (Leguna) Owners' Association, its secretary, owners and drivers of the bus, owner of the human haulier, involved in the accident, and the helper of the human haulier.

The accident took place when the Bogra bound bus of “Challenger Paribahan” from Pabna hit the human haulier carrying 15 passengers around 4:10pm, leaving 13 passengers of the human haulier dead on the spot and 15 bus passengers injured. 

The rest two succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital.