The taxi cab fell into the Turag River on Sunday night
The missing driver of a taxi cab that fell into the Turag River in Aminbazar, Savar on Sunday night has been identified by his brother.
Ziaur Rahman, 40, the driver, was a single man living in Mirpur, Dhaka, and made his living by driving a rented taxi cab owned by Trust Transport Service, his brother Jahangir told police.
Jahangir became worried when he couldn’t reach his brother and found his phone switched off.
Another Trust Transport Service taxi driver confirmed that Ziaur had not returned his cab to the company on the night the accident took place.
A team of divers of Fire Service and Civil Defence is still conducting a search in the river to find the yellow taxi cab and its passengers, Fire Service (Uttara zone) Commander Anwarul Haque said yesterday.
The divers have yet to recover any bodies of the victims – neither driver nor passengers – from the river.
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Witnesses said, around 8:30pm on Sunday, the driver of the taxi cab lost control over steering while trying to overtake a passenger bus on the Dhaka-Aricha highway, and fell into the Turag River near Aminbazar bridge.
It is believed that the cab was carrying two or three passengers.
Locals called 999 and called in the Fire Service to rescue the victims.
Upon receiving information, four units of the Fire Service went to the spot, followed by a five-member team who reached the location around 1am yesterday and started the search operation.
“The search was delayed due to strong currents in the river. However, the search is still on, as we could not find any trace of the vehicle,” Commander Anwarul Haque said.
He also recounted a similar incident that occurred at the exact same spot some nine years ago, when a passenger bus of Boishakhi Paribahan fell into the river, breaking the bridge railings.