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Teenage girl run over by bus in Dhaka

  • Published at 07:09 pm May 30th, 2019
Road Accident
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Police have detained the bus driver

A 16-year-old female student died having being run over by a bus in Dhaka’s Farmgate area on Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Tanjina Akhter Hira. She had recently passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam from Civil Aviation High School in Tejgaon.

Police said Tanjina and her mother were trying to cross the busy Farmgate intersection when a speeding bus owned and operated by Shadhin Paribahan ran over the girl.

Tejgaon police Inspector (Investigation) Md Sento Mia said: "We have detained bus driver Abdul Gani. Following an investigation, a case will be filed over the matter."

According to eyewitnesses, the critically injured teenager was rushed to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital (ShSMC),where the on-duty doctor declared her dead.

A series of public protests in Bangladesh advocating road safety were held in August, 2018.

They were sparked by the deaths of two high school students in the capital's airport road struck by speeding bus operated by an unlicensed driver who was racing to collect passengers. 

Similar incident, impelled hundreds of students from several universities to block the road in front of Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka, following the death of an undergrad student in road accident on March, 2019.

The incidents pressed students to demand safer roads and stricter traffic laws, and the demonstrations rapidly spread throughout the country.

In an attempt to address concerns raised by students, Bangladesh government recently approved new road safety regulations, which include punishing some traffic accident fatalities by death.