Dhaka, Jan 16: A schoolgirl was killed when a bus ran over her near Matshya Bhaban (fishery building) adjacent to High Court in the capital on Saturday morning.
The deceased was identified as Sabiha Akhter Sonali, 15, a ninth-grader student of Rahima High School of Segun Bagicha.
Incensed by the death, school-fellows of the deceased along with local people blocked the road at Matshya Bhaban intersection including Shahbagh and Ramna areas, halting traffic for around 45 minutes during the rush hour.
The 15-year-old Sonali was hit by a bus around 8:30am, said police.
“She died while crossing the road in front on the public works building (now part of the Supreme Court premises),” Sub Inspector Md Niru Mia of Shahbagh police told reporters.
The body has been kept at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.
As soon as the news of Sonali’s death spread, schoolmates and locals took to the streets and started agitating.
The protesters blamed reckless driving for the schoolgirl’s death and said the incident was a proof of how unsafe the streets of Dhaka are.
Last week, a BIRDEM Hospital employee died at Shahbagh after being hit by bus, a few days after a woman’s death in a similar road accident in Jatrabari.
According to a statistics revealed by rights body ‘Jatri Kalyan Samity’ (passengers’ welfare association), more than 8,500 people in Bangladesh died last year in road accidents.
Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader, however, trashed the figures.
Another statistics by road safety advocating body ‘Nirapad Sarak Chai’ said that the most deaths in road accidents in 2015 were in Dhaka district, standing at 351. Of which, 227 were reported in the capital.