The Hanif Paribahan bus driver, Jamal Hossain, 35, yesterday in a confessional statement admitted that he took part in dumping a badly injured Saidur Rahman Payel, an NSU student, in a canal at Bhaterchar in Gazaria on Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
Jamal's statement, recorded under section 164 by Munshiganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Kushopati Biswas, matches the confessional statement given on Wednesday by Mohammad Johny, 38, the supervisor of the same bus and the prime accused in the case.
The other accused, the helper and younger brother of the driver, Faisal Hossain, 30, is yet to confess to the crime. Police has sought seven days' remand for him before sending him, along with the other two accused, to Munshiganj jail custody.
Jayedul Alam, superintendent of police (SP) in Munshiganj, yesterday at his office briefed journalists about the development of the case. Two friends of Payel -- Mohiuddin Shanto and Hakimur Rahman Ador -- who were also travelling in the same bus with him, were present at the briefing.
Quoting driver Jamal's statement, SP Jayedul said Payel was profusely bleeding from the nose and the mouth after he was knocked unconscious by the automatic door of the bus when most passengers inside the bus were fast asleep around 4:00am on Sunday.
The door hit Payel as he was trying to get on the bus while running after it. Johny, Jamal and Faisal got out of the bus and carried an unconscious Payel to the nearby Bhaterchar bridge on the highway and dumped him into the canal below. Being sure of Payel's death, Jamal said, he drove the bus to Dhaka.
Saidur Rahman Payel, the 20-year-old BBA 5th semester student at NSU, was coming to Dhaka from Chittagong city on a Hanif Paribahan bus (licence number 9687) on Saturday night. His body was recovered from a canal under Bhaterchar bridge under Gazaria upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway Monday morning.