Zia Islam, chief photojournalist of daily Prothom Alo, who was critically injured after his motorbike was hit by a car on Monday, underwent a major surgery at the city's Apollo Hospital yesterday.
Citing physicians of the hospital, a senior reporter of the daily said Zia underwent the four-hour operation and his life support was taken off.
Doctors kept him under 48-hour observation, he added.
Zia was first taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 2:30am yesterday. Later, a DMCH medical board referred him to Apollo.
He suffered critical injures in his head and legs when the private car hit his motorbike around 11:50pm Monday in the capital's Panthapath area.
Journalist Tarun Sarkar, who was supposed to meet Zia in front of Bashundhara City shopping complex, said he was waiting in front of the shopping mall and saw Zia on the other side of the road.
“While I was paying the rickshaw fair, I heard a loud bang. I saw a car speeding away towards Panthapath intersection and Zia was lying on the ground,” he said.
Journalist Amir Muhammad Jewel, another witness, said the private car hit Zia's bike when he was probably taking a right turn in front of the shopping mall after coming from Karwan Bazar.
The car hit the bike so hard that Zia was flung into the air from his bike. It then sped away turning off its headlights, he said.
Later, they rushed Zia to DMCH where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
Meanwhile, police last night arrested Kalyan Corraya, an actor and model, in a case filed with Kalabagan Police Station over the incident.
Maj (retd) Sazzadul Kabir, security manager of Prothom Alo, yesterday lodged the case against Kalyan, said Ferdous Hossain, sub-inspector of the police station.