A Dhaka court today placed the owner of bus that ran over two students at Dhaka’s Airport road and triggered mass student protests across the country demanding road safety, on a seven-day remand.
Metropolitan Magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin passed the order after Inspector (DB) Qazi Shariful Islam produced Md Shahadat Hossain, the owner of the Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus, before the court with a ten-day remand prayer.
Shahadat had no lawyer to represent him.
The Jabal-e-Noor bus Dhaka Metro B 119297 ran over a group of students on the Airport Road in Dhaka and left two students dead on the spot and several others injured on Sunday.
While asked whether he had anything to say, Shahadat said that buying that bus and employing that driver was the biggest mistake in his life.
Earlier, he was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday afternoon.
On Sunday, during a mad race between two buses for passengers, one of the drivers slammed on the brakes near the ramp of the Airport Road flyover adjacent to the Armed Forces Medical College in Kurmitola.
While some people, mostly students, were about to get on the vehicle, the second bus came and ploughed into the crowd killing two students.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Karim alias Rajib Uddin, 18, and Dia Khanam Mim, 17, both students of class-XII and class-XI respectively at Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College in the capital.
Immediately after the incident, students of the college went on a rampage, vandalising over 100 vehicles on the busy street in the capital.
From then on, the students of many schools and colleges in Dhaka and also in different parts of the country are protesting in demand of safe roads.
School and college students have been mainly leading the protests, demanding justice over the deaths of their fellows under one single slogan “We Want Justice”.