The supervisor of the bus on which NSU student Saidur Rahman Payel was travelling has confessed to helping the driver to throw the unconscious young man into a canal. Payel had injured himself while trying to catch the bus that had left without him from a brief stop on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway. While the humane thing to do would have been to take Payel to the nearest hospital, these barbarians decided that it would be much better to throw the unconscious boy into a canal hoping that the incident would go unnoticed. We commend the police for having apprehended the culprits.
The manner in which human life is treated so trivially by some transport workers, evident every day, be it on the roads of the capital city or elsewhere, is distressing. Human life has been degraded to the point where these people cause injury and death recklessly showing little respect for law. But then this does not come as a surprise, especially when we have lawmakers who are directly involved in the transport business and are leaders of transport workers' trade unions, who have managed to block any meaningful legislation that would bring some order to this chaotic situation.
The culture of impunity that reigns supreme in our transport sector stems from the fact that there are thousands of cases of death and injury on our roads but victims and their families seldom get justice. Payel's case is not simply one of negligence but premeditated murder, and it is time that these killers are convicted and made an example of for their heinous crime.