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POST TIME: 28 January, 2020 12:09:36 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 28 January, 2020 01:03:36 PM
Road crash death of SSC examinee sparks off protest
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Road crash death of SSC examinee sparks off protest

Aggrieved students of Wari High School in the capital’s Old Town area vent their anger while a local resident addresses a protest rally to denounce the tragic death of Abir (inset) under the wheels of a WASA tanker truck yesterday. story on page 16 Focus Bangla photo

Old Dhaka erupted in protests and streets in Wari were blocked for an hour yesterday after a SSC examinee was run over by a vehicle of Dhaka WASA in front of his school in the capital’s Wari area. Md Abir, 16, was hit by a water tanker of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) as he was going to Wari High School to attend a farewell programme for the SSC examinees. Abir’s distraught father Hanif Mia, a father of four, said he had lost his wife last month. Earlier, he had lost another son. Now, he has lost Abir too. With both the sons and wife dead, Hanif now only has two daughters. Meanwhile, Taqsim A Khan, managing director of Dhaka WASA, told The Independent that he had directed the WASA authorities to take all possible measures over the incident, both financially and socially.

“I am extremely grieved at this boy’s death. I have no words for his bereaved family. I have asked my officials to investigate the matter. I have also talked with the boy’s father and told him that the Dhaka WASA authority is beside him in every possible way,” he said. Abir was hit by the vehicle on the street in front of his school around 11.30am, said sub-inspector (SI) Jahir Hossain of Wari police station.

The body of the teenager has been sent to the Dhaka Medical

College Hospital for an autopsy, he added. The 16-year-old was supposed to take the SSC exams, slated to start from February 3, from Wari High School.

According to police and locals, the lorry hit Abir when it entered the main road after filling up water from the WASA water pump near Baldha Garden.

“We gathered at the school for the farewell. A reckless WASA vehicle ran over Abir just in front of the school,” said classmate Russell.

The incident triggered protests, prompting agitated classmates to block the Wari Street and demand punishment for the killer driver. The police seized the vehicle and detained its driver after the incident.

DMP’s Wari division additional commissioner (patrol) Md Ziaul Alam said: “Traffic movement in the area normalised after some time as the students eventually lifted the road blockade.”

MK