Bus owner arrested
Owner of Faisal Ganj-e-Raj Paribahan was arrested from Faridpur town early yesterday in connection with the death of 13-month-old Akifa Yasmin, who was hit by a passenger bus in Kushtia on August 28.
The arrestee, Jainal Abedin, 63, is son of late Adel Uddin Matbor of Charnotakhola village in Dohar upazila of Dhaka.
A team of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8), acting on a tip-off, raided Jhiltuli area in the town and arrested Jainal around 5:30am, Additional Superintendent of Police Md Rois Uddin, also company commander of Rab-8, said.
Jainal was later handed over to Kushtia Sadar Police Station around 3:15pm yesterday, the police official said.
Akifa was critically injured after she fell from her mother Rina Khatun's arms when the two were hit by the bus in Kushtia on August 28.
The kid succumbed to her head injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on August 30.
The following day, Akifa's father Harunur Rashid filed a case with Kushtia Sadar Police Station against three people, including bus owner Jainal and driver Mohid Mia alias Khokon.
The CCTV footage obtained by the police shows the bus was stationary when Rina started crossing the road with Akifa in her arms.
When she was about to cross the stationary bus, its driver set off without warning, hitting the two before speeding away.
As Rina fell down, the baby slipped from her arms and fell to the road, suffering severe head injuries. Akifa was rushed to Kushtia General Hospital from where she was moved to DMCH.