• Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Last Update : 02:28 am

Road accidents kill 3 students in three districts

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Sirajganj locals torched a vehicle and blocked roads, for three hours, in protest

Three students have been killed in separate road accidents in Khulna, Sirajganj, and Narsingdi. 

The accidents occurred on Wednesday morning. 

In Khulna, seven-year-old Akhi Moni, a class one student of Sufia Aziz Kindergarten School, in Anandanagar village under Rupsha upazila, was run over by a brick-laden trolley, around 9am. 

She was crossing the road in front of her school to buy food during her recess, when a brick-laden trolley ran her over, leaving her dead on the spot.

Locals detained the trolley driver, Milon Sheikh, and handed him over the police.  

Rupsha police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Molla Zakir Hossain confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

In Sirajganj, a covered van ran over Hridoy, 17, on Nalka-Shialkhol local road in Bhadraghat upazila, around 7:30am.

Kamarkhand police station OC Habibul Islam confirmed the matter.

Hridoy was an HSC candidate from Dhukuria Technical School and College. 

Immediately after the accident, enraged locals torched the covered van, and blocked the Nalka-Shialkhol road for three hours. Police later dispersed the protesters around 10am.

In Narsingdi, eighth-grader Rabbi Mia, from Hossain Nagar Pilot High School and College in Belaba upazila, was killed by a covered van on Sylhet highway, near Baraicha bus-stand, around 10am.

One of his classmates was also injured. 

Fakhruddin Bhuiyan, the OC of Belaba police station, confirmed the incident. 

According to locals and the police, Rabbi and his classmates were crossing the highway on bicycles, when a Dhaka-bound covered van from Bhairab ran them over.

Rabbi died on the spot, while his classmate was rescued and admitted to a hospital.

Highway police seized the covered van. 

On Tuesday,  an honours first year student of the International Relations Department at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) was killed in an accident in front of Dhaka's Jamuna Future Park.

Abrars death sparked a massive protest by students from different universities, who have been holding demonstrations by blocking the streets in different parts of Dhaka, demanding justice for Abrar and capital punishment for those responsible.

Later on Wednesday, some protesters postponed their demonstrations by a week, until March 28.

This is the second wave of student protests demanding road safety, after students took the streets all across the country in August last year, after the death of two students who were run over by a bus on Airport Road in Dhaka.