01:52 PM, September 11, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:05 PM, September 11, 2018

7 killed as bus hits Laguna in Cox’s Bazar

At least seven people were killed and several others injured as a bus hit a human haulier, locally known as laguna, in Chakaria upazila of Cox's Bazar this morning.

The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

The accident took place when a Dhaka-bound bus of 'Starline Paribahan' rammed a laguna in Baraitali Rastarmatha area around 11:45am, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting Md Alamgir Hossain, in-charge of Malumghat Highway Police Station.

All the dead and injured victims were passengers of the laguna, the police officials said adding that the death toll might increase.

On September 4, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia declared that no human hauliers, including Laguna, will not be allowed on the streets of the capital as the modified vehicles are posing threats to commuters, as mostly underage drivers -- with no licence -- keep taking extra passengers.

In January last year, the High Court imposed a total ban on plying of improvised motorised three-wheelers on highways.