HC asks bus owners to pay Tk 10 million for Rajib’s treatment

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Dhaka, Apr 04: The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule asking two bus owners concerned to bear the medical expenses of Titumir College student Rajib Hossain who lost his hand in a collision between two buses.An HC bench comprising Justice AKM Zahurul Hoque and Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury issued the rule after hearing a writ petition.

The court also wanted to know why Rajib Hossain will not be paid Tk 10 million as compensation.

The Supreme Court lawyer, Ruhul Kuddus Kajol filed the writ petition today (Wednesday), attaching a report published in Bangla daily newspaper on Wednesday.

He stood on behalf of the writ while deputy attorney general Arabinda Kumar Roy represented the state.

Ruhul Kuddus said the court wanted to know why an order will not be given to strictly implement existing laws to ensure safe movement of passengers.

The court also wanted to know why laws will not be amended and rules be framed to prevent the recurrence of such incidents, he added.

Rajib HossainThe court asked eight respondents including the home secretary, the road transport and bridges secretary, inspector general of police and Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner to respond to the rule in four weeks.

On Tuesday, Rajib, 21, a second-year undergraduate student at Titumir College in Mohakhali in the capital, was travelling on a double decker BRTC bus in Karwan Bazar area in Dhaka.

He was standing in the doorway at the back of the bus with his hand partially out, when another bus recklessly overtook, severing his hand.

Pedestrians rushed Rajib to Samarita Hospital, but the physicians there could not rejoin the severed hand. He underwent an operation on Tuesday.