Dhaka South City Corporation’s (DSCC) garbage truck was running without the main driver. Naeem Hasan, a student of Notre Dame College, was killed in the Gulistan area of the capital at around 11:30 am on Wednesday.
Citing information obtained during the preliminary interrogation of Russell, 26, the driver of the vehicle, Paltan Police Station OC Salah Uddin Mia told that the arrested Russell was not the main driver of the vehicle. He doesn’t have much experience driving such heavy vehicles. ‘
The deceased Naeem was a second-year humanities student of Notre Dame College. He was on his way to college from his home yesterday morning when he was hit by a car while crossing the road at Gulistan Hall Market. He was rushed to the emergency department of Dhaka Medical College (DMC) Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him dead at 12:15 pm.
Students of Notre Dame College blocked the road in front of the college, Motijheel Shapla Chattar, and Gulistan area around 2 pm in protest of the incident. They demanded the death of Naeem and the execution of the driver. The students had placards in their hands. Many had ‘I want to live’ written on their chests and backs.
Naeem is the son of Shah Alam of Kazirkhil village in Ramganj upazila of Laxmipur district. The mother’s name is Jannatul Ferdous. Her father owns a book business in Nilkhet. He used to live with his family at his home in the Char Jhaulahati crossroads area of Kamrangi. He was the youngest of two brothers.
Hearing the news of Naeem’s death, the father rushed to the hospital. Shah Alam. She broke down in tears and kept saying, “Why did I say goodbye to my son to go to college, … he said goodbye and left the world.”
The autopsy of Naeem’s body was completed yesterday afternoon. His body was then taken to Kamrangir Char’s house. Naeem’s elder brother Muntashir Mamun said that the body would be taken to the village house for burial.
Aminul Islam Fahim, a higher secondary student of Kabi Nazrul College, who rescued Naeem from the accident site and brought him to the hospital, told that while crossing the road at the junction of Gulistan Hall Market, the garbage truck heading to Baitul Mukarram pushed Naeem first and then crushed him. Speaking to eyewitnesses, it is learned that there were traffic police in the vicinity at the time of the incident. There were many people on the busy road. The speed of the car was high. As many people were crossing the road, pedestrians did not seem to notice the driver.
Eyewitness Shafiqul Islam said, “If the speed of the car was low, the accident would not have happened. On the way, I saw the speed of the car was high. ‘
The original driver was not
The driver of the vehicle, Russell, was arrested by the platoon police immediately after the incident. The car was also seized. According to the DSCC’s transport department, Russell is not a DSCC-hired driver. When Russell worked as a cleaner at DSCC three years ago, he still drove the City Corporation’s garbage truck. After that, he lost his job but did not stop driving.
Farid Ahmed, chief executive officer of DSCC, told, “Even though the person who was driving at the time of the accident was licensed, we were not hired.” So some cars have to be driven by trained or licensed drivers. Drivers will not be kept out of their recruitment in the future.
According to the investigation, there are more than two hundred drivers like Russell in the city corporation, who are employed as cleaners and pioneers. A sergeant in charge of the Motijheel area, who did not want to be named, told that the vehicles of the city corporation were always moving at a reckless speed. Whenever the drivers of dirty cars say something, they say different things. Fear the mayor in particular.
Classmates in protest
The protesting students demanded the city corporation to take care of Naeem’s family before leaving the road at around 5 pm. Earlier, Notre Dame College Father Anthony Sushant Gomez, physics teacher Vincent Titas Rosario, and Shahidul Hasan Pathan came to the spot and spoke to the agitating students. When the students started moving away from the road, the traffic started again after about five hours.
Earlier, students blockaded RAJUK premises in Gulistan. Hundreds of protesters tried to enter the city building but chanted slogans in front of the building as the main gate was closed. The students made a number of demands. These are: Ensuring the right of all to normal life, enforcing traffic laws, enforcing road laws, building foot overbridges at the Gulistan intersection, and strengthening the traffic system at the busiest intersections.
One of the protesting students said, “The mayor of DSCC has called our father (principal). The mayor said appropriate action would be taken against the driver. With his assurance, we have ended the movement like today. If immediate action is not taken and the principal gives permission, we will be on the road again tomorrow. ‘
Three-member committee: In the event of Naeem’s death, the DSCC has formed a three-member committee headed by Chief Waste Management Officer Sitwat Naeem. Public relations officer said. Abu Janan said the other two members are General Manager (Transport) Bipul Chandra Biswas (Deputy Secretary) and Supervising Engineer (Mechanical) Anisur Rahman. The committee has been asked to submit a report within the next seven working days.
Many deaths have been caused by garbage trucks
Many more have died in the last year in the city corporation’s garbage truck. On August 9, a garment worker named Faruk Hossain was killed in a collision with a DSCC vehicle at Shampur in the capital. Earlier on May 2, a bank employee named Swapan Ahmed Dipu (33) was killed when he was hit by a garbage truck in Shahjahanpur. On April 17, a rickshaw puller named Mustafa (40) was killed in a collision with a DSCC garbage truck at Jatrabari. At noon on January 20, a garbage truck from the south crushed a motorcycle in Dayaganj. The driver, Mohammad Khalid, a telephone operator of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), was killed.
The total number of DSCC vehicles is 513. However, there are only 146 registered drivers. 200 cars are driven by the driver assigned to the master roll. Most of them are cleaner. Most of them do not have such training and license. An official of the DSCC said that there was no exact information on how the remaining 18 vehicles were running, adding that the rest of the DSCC vehicles were driven by incompetent and unregistered drivers except the registered drivers. As a result, the company’s vehicles are causing accidents from time to time.
Elsewhere in the country, four people, including two SSC candidates, were killed: Four people, including two SSC candidates, were killed in accidents at three other places in the country. These incidents took place at midnight last Tuesday and yesterday morning.
Two SSC candidates were killed in a motorcycle accident at the Mahamaya area of Chandpur-Comilla regional highway on Tuesday night. They are Asif, son of Akter Patwari of Hafania village in Chandpur Sadar and Shant, son of Hanif Patwari. Two more were injured. Chandpur Sadar Model Police Station OC Abdul Rashid said police had seized the motorcycle.
A child was killed in a head-on collision between a covered van and a birding van at Pathila Farm area in Jivannagar Upazila of Chuadanga. His name is Manik Hossain (11). Her father Bablur Rahman (40) was also seriously injured in the accident. Jivannagar Police Station OC Abdul Khaleq said Bablur Rahman was sent to Jessore Medical College Hospital for treatment.
A battery-powered autorickshaw driver has died after being hit by a truck at Kaunia in Rangpur. One passenger was seriously injured. The accident took place at the Teesta Bridge area of the Upazila yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Masud Rana, son of Afsar Ali of Bhimsharma village in Rajarhat Upazila of Kurigram. The injured Bimal Chandra is the son of Ramesh Chandra of the same area.