The bodies of the deceased are expected to arrive in Bangladesh Sunday morning
Two Bangladeshi nationals who had taken shelter at a Kolkata police outpost to escape rain were crushed to death yesterday, when a Jaguar car rammed into them after hitting a Mercedes Benz sedan. The driver of the Jaguar – a 22-year-old man from a prominent Kolkata family – was arrested after the accident, several Indian media reports.
The deceased are Kazi Md Mainul Alam, 36, of Jhenaidah district and Farhana Islam Tania, 30, a senior officer, City Bank, Dhanmondi 27 branch.
Tania was a resident of Dhaka’s Mohammadpur.
The incident took place at the crossing of SP Sarani and Loudon Street in the Shakespeare Sarani police station area at around 1:50am yesterday.
When contacted, Toufique Hasan, deputy high commissioner in Deputy High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Kolkata, said: "The bodies of the deceased are expected to arrive in Bangladesh Sunday morning.
"The bodies will arrive at the Benapole checkpost around 2am on Sunday and we will remain there, at the Indian side of the border, until the border opens. We have completed all necessary formalities. The accused, Parvez, has been arrested by Kolkata police and now law will take its own course."
The accused, who was allegedly speeding, crashed into a Mercedes Benz car. Both the vehicles spun out of control and the Jaguar rammed the victims standing nearby, reports NDTV.
A third Bangladeshi national – who escaped being hit by the car – said the couple was crushed against the wall of the police outpost. They had come to Kolkata from Dhaka for the woman's medical treatment. They had gone to a restaurant for dinner and were trying to get a taxi to return to their hotel when the accident took place.
#KolkataRoadRage Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes, topples car into Kolkata Police’s signal controlling kiosk, kills two Bangladeshi nationals, injuring one. Kolkata Police arrests driver of the offending Jaguar vehicle @dna @ZeeNews @ZeeNewsCrime @WIONews pic.twitter.com/In6ISXrO2S— Pooja Mehta (@pooja_news) August 17, 2019
The victims were taken to the nearby Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital, where the duty doctors declared them dead on arrival, reports India Today.
The Jaguar driver, Arsalan Parvez, 22, allegedly fled the scene of the accident. The driver and the passenger of the Mercedes also got injured.
The accused belongs to a well-know Kolkata family which runs a popular restaurant chain - Arsalan. He is a student at Edinburgh and was home for holidays.
The Kolkata Police has seized the Jaguar with the registration number WB 20AU 9797.
Arsalan Parvez has been booked under Section 304 (culpable homicide), 279 (rash driving) and 427 (causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata has also sought information about the accident from the Kolkata Police.
This accident comes a day after BJP MP Roopa Ganguly's son was booked for rash driving. Ganguly's son Akash had rammed his car into the boundary wall of a posh South Kolkata club on Thursday night.
Speeding especially at night is a headache for the city administration. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been personally monitoring a road safety program over the past two years, reports Hindustan Times.
Our Special Correspondent Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan has contributed to this report