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Road Accidents

Editorial

Discipline perpetrators of road accidents

Around 83 percent of people accused in road accidents are not arrested, according to a recent statement by the Passengers' Welfare Association. In 2013 alone, although over 2,000 cases were filed for road accidents accusing 2,057 persons, only 352 were arrested, highlighting the extent of impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of road accidents. In an overwhelming number of cases, the culprits get away by conducting underhand dealings, especially when they have the backing of influential people. As Information Minister himself noted,...

3 policewomen killed in city road crash

3 policewomen killed in city road crash

Three policewomen were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka district yesterday. A speedy truck (Khulna metro-D-11-0279) knocked a requisitioned bus in the capital's Fakirapool crossing, which were carrying 34 female police constables to their duty station from Rajarbagh Mahila Police Barrack in the early hours. Constables Mamni Khatun Monira, 20,...

3 of a family killed as truck rams bike in Tangail

Three members of a family, including a woman and her daughter, were killed as a truck rammed their motorbike at Mozidpur in Ghatail upazila yesterday. The dead are Sumon Miah, 28, son of Abdul Aziz of Pachh Charan village in Kalihati upazila, his sister Asma Begum, 30, and her daughter Maria, 4. The accident happened on Tangail-Gopalpur road around 4:30pm when the Gopalpur-bound truck hit the motorbike and ran it over. Sumon was taking Asma and her daughter to his house...

Road crash death toll soars by 1,420

Road crash death toll soars by 1,420

At least 6,582 people died in road accidents across the country in 2014, marking a rise by over a quarter, or 1,420 deaths, from the previous year's toll, reveals a survey of Nirapad Sarak Chai. The casualties increased despite the government's several moves to ensure road safety--drives against unfit vehicles, repair of spots with engineering faults, and awareness building. Nirapad Sarak Chai pointed out reckless driving, untrained drivers, poor traffic management, lack of public awareness and law enforcement as major causes of the accidents. In 2013, the death toll was 5,162, according to the report revealed at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday. Nirapad Sarak Chai has been campaigning for road safety since 1993. Of...

Bus Hits Auto

Six killed in Ctg road accident

Six persons were killed when a speeding bus rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Naya Khaler Mukh area of Satkania upzila in Chittagong yesterday evening. Khaled Hossain, officer-in-charge of Satkania Police Station, said the accident took place when a Chittagong-bound bus from Cox's Bazar collided with the CNG-run auto-rickshaw coming from the opposite direction at Naya Khal area around 6:00pm. All five passengers of the auto-rickshaw as well as its driver were killed in the accident. Five of them died on the...

Journalist Zaglul Chy

Tk 2 lakh bounty for driver, helper of killer bus

Road transport and bridges ministry has announced a Tk 2 lakh award for providing it with correct information about the bus and its driver and helper responsible for the death of senior journalist Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury. The announcement, made in a press release issued by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) yesterday, mentioned 5:00pm of December 22 as the deadline for sending information. Zaglul fell on a road near Sonargaon intersection at Karwan Bazar on November 29 while trying to get off...

Jessore road accident sparks rowdy protest

Jessore road accident sparks rowdy protest

Four people, including a student of Jessore University of Science & Technology, were killed as a truck rammed a human hauler carrying them on Jessore-Chougachha road at Abdulpur in sadar upazila yesterday morning. Protesting the accident, the students of the university set the truck on fire and blocked the road for around six hours. The...

Bus Collision in Rajshahi

3 college girls killed

"Lucky" was the name of the college bus some 60 female students boarded, hoping to go home. But the journey the students of Rajshahi Government College (RGC) took was anything but lucky. Three of them were killed and around 50 more injured as a passenger bus rammed theirs at Katakhali on the outskirts of Rajshahi city yesterday. The dead are Sharmin Akhtar, final year student of Management; Mahbuba Haque Tania, 1st year student of Social Work; and Beauty Khatun, 4th year...

Truck kills mother in front of 7-yr-old son

Right in front of her seven-year-old boy, a woman was crushed under the wheels of a truck in Satkhira town yesterday morning. The horrific accident left the boy, Shuvo Karim, speechless. He only gazed at people in blank astonishment.          The dead, Ruma Sarker, 45, is the wife of Golam Rosul of Itagachha Bazar in the district town. Rosul said he along with his wife was taking Shuvo, a class-two student of Asmani Shishu Niketon in the town, to a coaching centre...

Editorial

Anarchy on the roads

NOT a single day passes without news of deaths of pedestrians under the wheels of wayward vehicles or people killed due to head on collision between two buses. In a matter of 48 hours not only was a renowned journalist killed after being hit, while alighting, by the very bus he was traveling in, but two students in different parts of the country also became victims of reckless drivers who couldn't care less about the safety of others. The police...

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