Jabal-e Nur bus driver admits to ran over students in Airport Road crash

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Dhaka, August 08: Masum Billah, the driver of the bus Jabal-e Nur that ran over and killed two students in Dhaka on July 29 triggering widespread protests, has given a confessional statement to the court.The Detective Branch of police produced him in the court after a seven-day remand on Wednesday in a case started by one of the victims’ father.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Nabi ordered Masum into jail after recording his statement.

DB Inspector Kazi Shariful Islam is investigating the case.

Masum admitted to running over the students in a race with another bus of the same company, Jabale Nur, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Anisur Rahman said.

The students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College were waiting for transport on the Airport Road when the incident occurred.

Enraged students from Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College vandalise a bus after two students from the same institution died in a bus accident on Airport Road on Sunday. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi Two of them, Dia Khanom Mim and Abdul Karim, died on the spot while several others were injured.

Police arrested Masum in Borguna on July 30.

Shahdat Hossain, an owner of Jabale Nur, drivers ‘Jobayer’ and ‘Sohag Ali’, and their assistants Enayet Hossain and Ripon Hossain are also behind bars pending trial.

Police said Masum had licence to drive small vehicles, not bus or truck.

Following the protests, the cabinet passed a draft transport law raising punishment of drivers for road accidents.

The draft law proposes raising maximum punishment of drivers for deaths in road accidents from three to five years and fines. In case of deliberate killing in road accident, the maximum punishment is proposed to be death penalty.