Two people were killed and at least 10 others injured as a bus hit two rickshaws, two private cars and another bus in the capital’s Shahbag yesterday.
The dead were identified as Sumon Miah, 26, a rickshaw puller, and Mohammad Selim, 50, a flower trader from Basabo.
Inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) camp outpost, said the accident took place around 7:00 am when the Mawa-bound Swadhin Paribahan bus was being driven recklessly.
Selim was hit when he was on his way to the Shahbag flower market on a rickshaw and died on the spot, his family members said.
Sumon, who was pulling a separate rickshaw, and two others were rushed to DMCH where doctors declared Sumon dead.
Monir Hossain, a passenger of the Swadhin Paribahan bus said the vehicle started from Mirpur 12. The driver suddenly increased the speed abnormally, after crossing Shahbagh intersection.
The bus first hit two rickshaws near Matsya Bhaban and then hit two cars and another bus within a short distance after which it stopped with a heavy jerk, he said.
“I jumped out of a window from the bus to the ground and heard the rickshaw-puller [Sumon] screaming out of pain,” he said, adding that pedestrians and bus passengers rescued him and took him to hospital.
Monir further said some passengers beat up the bus driver and handed him over to the police.
Inspector (investigation) of Ramna Police Station Jahirul Islam said they seized the bus, and arrested the driver -- Nazrul Islam, 43.
He added that Nazrul had a driving licence and had been driving for 17 years.
“We are verifying his licence and other necessary documents,” he said.