Three female students were killed and 30 others injured as a bus fell into a roadside ditch after a head-on collision with another bus on the Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway in Rajshahi city yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Mahmuda Akter Tania, a 1st year student of the Social Work department of Rajshahi College, Shima and Sharmin, 2nd year students of the History and the Management departments of the college.
Police said the bus locally known as “Lucky” was carrying female students of the Rajshahi College. It fell intothe ditch in front of Katakhali Jute Mill after a head-on collision with a Rajshahi-bound bus belonging to Islam Paribahan, killing the three girls on the spot and injuring 30 others.
On receiving information, fire fighters rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies and rescued the injured people. Of the injured, 13 people were sent to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
The bodies were sent to hospital morgue for a post-postmortem examination. Later, fire fighters salvaged the wreckage of the bus.
However, a five-member probe body has been formed by the college authorities in the evening with Prof Mosharraf Hossain of Mathematics department as head.
Others members of the body included Prof Al Faruk and Oliur Rahman of Bangla, Dr Kamal Hossain of History and Prof Abdur Razzak of Management department.
Prof Habibur Rahman, the principal of the college, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had filed a case in this connection.
The probe body has been asked to submit its report within 8 working days, Habibur added.