The bus helper has been accused of pushing off a final-year student of Sylhet Agricultural University from a moving bus to his death
Police have detained the bus helper accused of pushing a final-year student of Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) off a moving bus, to his death, in Moulvibazar.
Sunamganj police detained Masuk Ali, 38, hailing from Teghoria area in Sunamganj town, from his in-law's house in Singchapair union under Chhatak upazila, in the early hours of Sunday.
At a press briefing held immediately after Masuk's capture, Sunamganj Police Superintendent Md Barkatullah Khan said: "Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a 1.5-hour drive and detained Masuk from his in-law's residence in Singchapair village.”
"After primary interrogation, Masuk blamed the bus supervisor for the whole incident," he added. "Masuk will be handed over to Moulvibazar police."
On Saturday, Ghori Md Wasim Hasnat, a final-year student at SAU's Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Faculty, was killed on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway near the Sherpur Muktijoddha Chattar area in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila, when he fell under the wheels of an Udar Paribahan bus after getting pushed off by the bus helper Masuk Ali.
Wasim's death sparked a massive protest, with hundreds of SAU students taking to the streets in Sylhet and Moulvibazar by blockading the highway near the campus, with demands for the immediate capture and punishment of the Udar Paribahan bus driver and his assistant. Some students also attacked and vandalized the Udar Paribahan counter.
Police later impounded the bus from Begumpur area in Sylhet’s Osmaningar upazila.
Wasim's death comes in the wake of revived student protests for safe roads, which sparked after Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury was recently crushed to death while crossing the zebra crossing in front of Jamuna Future Park in Kuril, Dhaka.