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Tareq masud death in road accident

Give Tk 4.62cr to family: HC

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Give Tk 4.62cr to family: HC

The High Court (HC) yesterday fixed a compensation package of Tk 4.61 crore to the family of the eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud, who  was killed in a road accident in Manikganj in 2011. The HC bench, comprising Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo, passed the order after hearing a case filed by the bereaved family members who sought hefty compensations over the death of Tareque masud. The bus driver responsible for the accident was asked to pay Tk. 30 lakh, the bus owner to pay Tk. 43,095,452 and Reliance Insurnace to pay Tk. 80,000 within three months after receiving the copy of the HC verdict.

Barrister Sara Hossain, counsel for the petitioner, told reporters that a large number of people die eyery year in road accidents across the country. But the families of these victims earlier could not come before the HC seeking compensation for the death of their near and dear ones, he added.

It was the first time that the High Court has disposed of a case filed under the Motor Vehicle Ordinance of 1983.

“The families of such victims can now come before the HC seeking compensation for the death of their kith and kin following today’s order,” Sara Hossain added.

Catherine Masud, wife of Tareque Masud, expressed satisfaction over the verdict, saying that she felt some relief following the higher court verdict. “I can’t get back Tareque. But I feel some relief after hearing the verdic. It served justice to our seven-year-old child, who lost his father in such a young age,” she added. This is a historic verdict as it proved that all road accidents are not just mere accidents. Drivers are responsible for such so-called road accidents, she added.

Cannes award-winning filmmaker Tareque Masud and former ATN news chief executive officer Mishuk Munier, along with three others, had died when a bus collided with the microbus they were in on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Joka in Manikganj on August 13, 2011.

On February 13, 2012, the families of Tareque and Mishuk filed two separate cases with the district judge and the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal in Manikganj, seeking compensation for the death.

Co-owners of the ‘killer’ bus—Kashed Miah, Khokon Miah and Jahnagir Kabir (Tunin)—the driver, Jamir Uddin, and the company which insured the vehicle were accused in the cases. A Manikganj court sentenced Jamir Hossain to life imprisonment on February 22 this year. Following two separate writ petitions, the HC, on October 29, 2014, ruled that the High Court, instead of the lower court, will now hold the trial of the two compensation cases.

Catherine Masud, wife of Tareque Masud, had sought Tk. 9.94 crore as compensation for the loss of care, protection, nursing and affection of Tareque Masud and his family members, loss of dependency suffered by the family members, loss of income, future advancement, estate, medical expenses of the claimant, funeral expenses and damage of property.

Jurist Kamal Hossain and Sara Hossain stood for Tareque Masud’s family, while SC lawyer Abdus Subhan Tarafdar stood for the bus owners Imran A Siddiqui, Ihsan A Siddiqui and Shishir Manir stood for Reliance Insurance Company, and deputy attorney general Israt Jahan stood for the state during the hearing.

The lawsuit filed by Munier’s family is scheduled to be heard in February next year.

 

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