A Victor Paribahan bus in the capital’s Uttara area killed Parvez Rob, a veteran music director in the country on September 5
City bus drivers seem to have no intention of paying any heed to the lamentations of hundreds of families whose relatives have lost their lives or have been injured critically in road accidents.
A Victor Paribahan bus in the capital's Uttara area killed Parvez Rob, a veteran music director in the country on September 5.
On September 7, another bus of the same company killed his son's friend Mehedi Hasan Choton, 20, leaving his son Yemin Alvi, 19, critically injured. This also took place in Uttara.
Mehedi breathed his last at a private hospital in the city while Alvi is in critical condition with broken bones in his chest.
On September 7, Mehedi and Alvi were waiting for a bus in Uttara to go to Abdullahpur to buy some items for a prayer programme organised for his father.
When the two of them tried to get onto a Victor Paribahan bus, the bus helper shut the door and the bus ran over them.
Mehedi's uncle Firoz Alam filed a murder case against the bus driver, helper and conductor of the bus.
"It was an intentional incident," claimed Alvi's sister Ramisa Ibnat.
She also said that her family went to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Uttara west police station to file a murder case against the bus company.
She added that "The bus company tried to convince us against filing the case, but we were determined to seek justice. A day later, my brother was also injured by a bus of the same company." She now wonders if this was a murder attempt.
Family sources said that after the father was killed, representatives of the bus company came to Alvi's home and got into an altercation with the family. They used abusive words against the victim's family instead of holding a discussion.
After that, Ruma Begum, wife of the deceased father, went to the police station to file a case against the bus company.
Alvi's uncle and Pavez Rob's friend Al Ashraf claims that "the bus company tried several times to convince us not to file a case. When they couldn't convince us, they tried to murder Alvi. He might survive, but his friend is no more. How inhuman can they be?"
Alvi's mother broke down in tears and said, "I barely had enough strength to bear my husband's death, and now my son is hospitalised."