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2 December, 2019 01:17:24 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 2 December, 2019 02:34:33 PM
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Drivers, helpers apathetic to travelers of all ages

Convicts 3 for life, acquits 2
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Drivers, helpers apathetic 
to travelers of all ages

A Dhaka court yesterday observed that students, youths and even the elderly people are not spared from being crushed under the wheels of bus due to apathy and negligence of the drivers and helpers, which should be stopped for the safety of all. Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court came up with the observation while delivering a landmark verdict sentencing two bus drivers and a helper to life term imprisonment for killing two college students — Abdul Karim Rajib and Dia Khanam Mim, — in their mad race in July 2018. It also observed that reckless driving and mad competition of the drivers to earn money should be stopped from now as such competition of the drivers would be an ominous sign for the people.

The court yesterday sentenced three persons—two drivers and a helper of two buses of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan — to life imprisonment for the deaths of two Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College students, in a road accident in July 2018. The convicts are Masum Billah and Zobair Hossain Sumon and helper Kazi Asad, who is absconding. The court, however, acquitted Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus owner Jahangir Alam and assistant Enayet Hossain as the charges against them were not proved.

The judge has said bus owners run their vehicles on contract basis. Bus drivers have to deposit specific amount to the owners every day. The drivers run their buses recklessly to maximise their profits, which lead to accidents.

The court has also observed that due to the lack of proper monitoring by traffic police, the drivers are able to drive heavy vehicles by taking licence for light vehicles.

“We’re happy with the verdict. The court has ensured justice for the victims’ families,” prosecutor Taposh Kumar Pal told reporters after the judgment.

On the other hand, defence lawyer Advocate TM Asadul Haque said, “We didn’t get justice in the lower court. We’ll move the High Court.”

The prosecution and defence completed placing their arguments on November 14 and the court had set December 1 for delivering its verdict.

On November 7, 2018, the HC stayed the trial proceedings against one of the accused Shahadat Hossain.

On September 6 last year, inspector Kazi Shariful Islam of Detective Branch

had submitted the charge-sheet against the accused in the Dhaka CMM court.

The metropolitan sessions judge’s court of Dhaka framed charges against them on October 25 and the trial began on November 1. A total of 37 out of 41 prosecution witnesses gave depositions.

On July 29 last year, the two students, Rajib (18) and Dia (17), were run over and nine others were injured during a mad race between two buses of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan. Dia’s father, Jahangir Alam Fakir, had filed a case with Cantonment police station on the same day.

Victim’s family happy with verdict:

Family members of Dia Khanam Mim expressed satisfaction over the court’s verdict. They also called upon the prosecution to take the case to the High Court (HC), demanding death sentence for the responsible driver of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan, Masum Billah, who was given life imprisonment.

Selim Hossain, uncle of Dia, told The Independent Masum should be hanged. “He was driving without a licence. He had no other documents of the vehicle. He should be hanged. The prosecution should appeal for his hanging,” he said.

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