Two people were killed as a speeding bus crashed into their motorcycle on the Rangpur-Dhaka highway in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur Monday, police said. The two people killed were identified as Limon, 25, of Hajipur village of Barodargah union of the upazila and Roman, 26, of Shantipur village of Mithapukur upazila. The accident occurred around 4pm as Rangpur-bound Diganta Paribahan hit the motorcycle near the Ghoshpur area, Zakir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Pirganj Police Station, said. Limon and Roman died instantly from the impact of the crash, he added. Read more: Student killed as truck runs over him in Chuadanga
Buses plying Dhaka's Mirpur route will operate under e-ticketing from Sunday (November 13, 2022). Khandkar Enayet Ullah, general secretary of the Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association, disclosed this information at a press conference on Saturday. A total of 60 companies' buses will operate in Dhaka city from January 31, while 97 companies' buses for Dhaka and its suburbs will switch over to e-ticketing from next February 28, he said. Read more: Strike halts bus services between Dhaka and 5 southern districts ahead of BNP's Faridpur rally The rationale being pushed through this is that it will end the unequal competition in ticketing. Contractual vehicle movements will also be stopped. The third reason is to bring transport workers under a regularised payroll system. All should come under e-ticketing, Enayet Ullah added. Read more: BRT’s move to ditch e-buses for diesel raises eyebrows
The government has reduced the fares of inter-district and long route buses by Tk 5 paisa per kilometre after fuel prices were lowered by Tk 5 per litre. The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority's (BRTA) head office in the capital’s Banani on Wednesday, said Road Transport and Highways Secretary ABM Amin Ullah Nuri. The new prices will be effective from Thursday, he added. The fares for inter-district and long routes buses and mini buses will be decreased to Tk 2.15 per kilometre from the existing Tk 2.20 per kilometre. The bus fare in Dhaka has decreased to Tk 2.45 per kilometre from the existing Tk 2.50 per kilometre. The minimum bus and mini buses fares in Dhaka have been fixed at Tk 10 and Tk 8 respectively. Read: Fuel price hike: Govt raises bus fares On Monday, the government lowered fuel prices by Tk5 per litre 23 days after raising them by up to 51.68 per cent. Prices of diesel and kerosene will now be Tk109, petrol Tk125, and octane Tk130 per litre at the filling stations, State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told UNB. On August 6, BRTA increased fares of inter-district and long route buses by 22 percent and 16.27 percent in Dhaka as the government increased fuel prices to a record high amid the volatility in the global market. Diesel and kerosene retail prices were fixed at Tk114, petrol at Tk130 per litre and octane at Tk135 per litre.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) received a bus from Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as a gift under UEFA Assist Infrastructure Project 2021-22.The bus was officially inaugurated Wednesday afternoon at the BFF House in Motijheel. BFF vice presidents Ataur Rahman Manik, Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi, FIIFA council member Mahfuza Akhter Kiron were, among others, present at the function. Read: BFF sign 3-year MoU with AIUB for developing booters’ educational skillsThe BFF officials thanked two continental football bodies --UEFA and AFC --for proving the bus to BFF. The BFF got the bus through its Asian body AFC.
Three people were killed and several injured as a bus hit a trolley on Dhaka-Kuakata highway in Bakerganj upazila of Barishal on Monday, said police. The deceased were identified as trolley driver Zohirul Talukdar, 25, his helpers-Rakib, 23, and Bayezid, 25. The accident occurred around 10:30 am when the Barishal-bound bus of ‘Humayra Paribhahan’ crashed into the trolley on the highway and plunged into a roadside ditch, said Abul Kashem, leader of Bakerganj Fire Station. Read:Roads turning more perilous: 10 people killed in Barishal in 24 hours The accident left the trolley driver dead on spot as the vehicle overturned after being hit by the bus, he added. The two injured were rushed to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared the duo dead, said Alaudding Milon, officer-in-charge (OC) of Bakerganj police station. Several passengers of the bus were injured and are undergoing treatment at a local hospital, he added. Police seized the vehicles but the bus driver managed to flee the scene, the OC added.
A police case has been filed in connection with the Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) girder tragedy that claimed the lives of five people, all of a family, on Monday. The FIR for causing death due to negligence does not name anyone but lists the crane operator and the company responsible for the project, China Gezhouba Group Co Ltd, police said. "The case was filed at Uttara west police station on Monday night on a complaint from Afran Mondol, the brother of two of the deceased -- Fahima and Jhorna," said Md Mohsin, the station's officer-in-charge. “The crane operator and China Gezhouba Group Co Ltd have been listed in the FIR,” said the OC. "Police will investigate if the negligence of the crane operator and others concerned led to the accident." Also read: BRT kills again: 5 crushed inside car as girder falls off crane On Monday, the five, including two children, died after one girder of the BRT project fell on their private car. A newlywed couple also travelling in the same car, fortunately escaped death. The deceased were identified as Rubel, 50, Fahima, 40, her sister Jhorna, 28, and Jhorna's two children Jannat, 6, and Jakaria, 2, said Yeasin Gazi, inspector of Uttara west police station. Rubel's son Hridoy, 26, and his wife Ria Moni, 21, escaped with serious injuries and were rushed to a local hospital. "They are currently out of danger," said the officer. Fahima was Ria Moni's mopther said her brother, Afran Mondol. The accident occurred around 4.15pm when the girder of the Gazipur Expressway fell on the car from a crane while it was being moved in front of Gazipur Paradise Tower, he added. Also read: Falling crane kills BRT project worker in Gazipur Firefighters recovered the five bodies from the ill-fated car and handed those over to the police. A family member said Hridoy and Ria Moni got married on Saturday and were going to the latter's house in Gazipur, along with five other relatives, in the car that afternoon. Hridoy's father Rubel was driving the car when the girder fell on the vehicle. The tragedy occurred exactly a month after a worker was killed by a falling crane in the Gazipur part of the project. Also, last year, six workers escaped with injuries after a part of a launching girder collapsed near them, close to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Saturday suffered some pain in his body as a passenger bus hit the government vehicle carrying him. He is now resting at his residence as per his doctor's advice, said the Jatiya Party Chairman’s press secretary (2) Khandaker Deloar Jalali. Read: GM Quader calls for white paper on corruption in the energy sector He said the accident occurred on the road adjacent to Le Meridien Hotel in the capital’s Khilkhet area on the way back to his Uttara residence from Jatiya Party Chairman's Banani office at around 5 pm. Jalali said GM, Quader also the deputy opposition leader in parliament, took necessary medicine as per doctor's advice after dinner. “He is feeling some pain in his body. He has no symptoms other than body pain,” the press secretary added. He said GM Quader urged the country’s people to pray for him. Meanwhile, police seized the bus and arrested its driver. Jatiya Party leaders and workers have called upon the authorities concerned to take legal action against the driver after an investigation into the incident, said a party press release.
Thousands of commuters faced inconvenience as buses remained off the roads in the port city of Chattogram on Saturday, following a flash strike by transport owners in protest against the fuel price hike. The decision to embark on the strike was taken around midnight on Friday, Belayet Hossain, president of the Chattogram Metropolitan Transport Owners Group, said. The government on Friday raised the prices of diesel and kerosene to Tk 114 per litre and that of petrol to Tk 135, which is nearly 52% higher than the current rate. Also read: Transport strike disrupting goods delivery from Ctg port As the fuel prices shot up, the owners of a number of petrol pumps also refrained from selling fuel, said Belayet. "We also decided to suspend the movement of buses in the port city." Last year, the government raised the prices of diesel and kerosine at the retail level by Tk 65 and Tk 80 a litre, respectively.
A court here on Thursday placed one of the seven armed robbers who allegedly hijacked a Chattogram-bound bus in Tangail, looted commuters and raped a young woman, on a five-day police remand. Senior Judicial Magistrate Badal Kumar Chanda passed the order after police sought a seven-day remand to interrogate gang member Raza Mia, said court inxpector Tanbir Ahmed. Meanwhile ,Senior Judicial Majistrate Rumi Khatun recorded statement of the rape survivor under section 22 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act Thursday evening. “In primary medical test of the girl evidence of rape was found," said Assistant Professor Dr Rehana Parvin, head of the three-member medical board formed by Tangail Sheikh Hasina Medical College Hospital in this regard. Raza Mia, 32, was arrested from the Deula area of Tangail district town Thursday morning, said police. During interrogation, Raza told cops that he was the one who drove the bus while others held the passengers and staff hostage at gunpoint, said Sarkar Md Kaisar, superintendent of Tangail Police. Read: Robbers loot commuters & rape woman on Ctg-bound bus The spine-chilling crime occurred in the Raktipara area of Tangail's Madhupur upazila, off the Dhaka-Tangail Highway, in the early hours of Wednesday when the bus was on its way to Chattogram from Kushtia. Raza is a driver of ‘Jhatika Service’ bus in Tangail and lived in a rented house in Tangail new bus terminal area. Posing as passengers, the seven boarded the bus in two groups in a span of 10 minutes around 11pm on Tuesday after it resumed its onward journey following a stopover at a hotel in Sirajganj district. Twenty-four people, including 22 passengers and two staffers, were on board the bus of ‘Eagle Paribahan’ at the time. Around 12am on Wednesday, when the bus took the busy Dhaka-Tangail Highway in the Natiapara area, the seven robbers whiffed out guns, hijacked the vehicle, and drove it towards Madhupur upazila. On a desolate stretch, the armed gang robbed the twenty-four people, including 22 passengers of cash, jewellery and mobile phones. They then blindfolded the passengers and raped the woman commuter on board. The passengers' ordeal continued for over three hours till the seven criminals forced them to get off the bus and drove the heavy vehicle towards Raktipara's Jam-e-Mosque, where they abandoned it and fled with the booty, police said. An FIR has been lodged in connection with the robbery and rape.
Five people were killed as a bus crashed into a battery-run auto-rickshaw in Kaliakair upazila of Gazipur on Saturday night, police said. The deceased were identified as auto rickshaw driver Nazrul Islam, 27, and its four passengers- Mehedi Hasan, 44, Atiqul Islam, 42, Saidul Islam, 27, and Shahin Uddin, 28. The accident occurred around 10:30 pm when a speeding passenger bus of ‘Itihas Paribahan’ collided with the auto-rickshaw coming from the opposite direction at Makish Bathan in the upazila, leaving the auto-rickshaw driver and Mehedi dead on spot and three injured, said Abdul Bashar, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kaliakair police station. The injured were rushed to Kaliakair Health Complex in critical condition where two of them succumbed to their injuries, said the OC. Read: 11 tourists killed, 6 injured after train hits microbus in Ctg Later, another was shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where he was declared dead, said Sub-Inspector (SI) of Kaliakair police station Rahat Akand. The bodies were handed over to their respective families without post mortem, he added. Police seized the killer bus but its driver escaped, said the SI. Road accidents in Bangladesh As many as 524 people including 73 children were killed and 821 others injured in 467 road accidents across the country in June alone. Of these, 204 people died in motorbike accidents alone during this period, which is 38.93% of the total fatalities, the Road Safety Foundation said in its latest report released on July 4. Besides, 107 pedestrians, 86 drivers and their assistants were killed in the accidents. Meanwhile, Bangladesh witnessed 398 deaths on roads in 319 accidents in just 15 days during journeys before and after Eid-ul-Azha this year. The accidents and deaths recorded on Bangladesh roads during Eid-ul-Azha were highest in the last 7 years, according to a report prepared by Jatri Kalyan Samiti, a passenger welfare organization.