Reckless driving takes two young lives

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Asianbangla, Dhaka : uring a mad race between two buses for passengers, one of the drivers slammed on the brakes near the ramp of the Airport Road flyover adjacent to the Armed Forces Medical College in Kurmitola.

While some people, mostly students, were about to get on the vehicle, the second bus came and ploughed into the crowd.

To the horror of passersby, two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College were killed on the spot. At least nine others were injured after being hit or run over.

Immediately after the incident around 12:30pm yesterday, students of the college went on a rampage, vandalising over 100 vehicles on the busy street in the capital.

The dead were identified as Abdul Karim alias Rajib Uddin, 18, a student of class-XII, and Dia Khanam Mim, 17, an 11th grader.

The incident happened when some people, including at least 15 students, were waiting to board a bus to go home, said witnesses and other students.

Passengers of the buses said the vehicles raced against each other on the flyover and one of them got down the ramp first.

“Coming down from the flyover when our bus [Dhaka Metro Ba-11-7657] stopped, the other bus [Dhaka Metro Ba-11-9297] sped past the left side of our bus and ploughed into the passengers,” said Zulmat Ali, one of the passengers.

The bus scraped against the boundary wall of the Armed Forces Medical College and stopped after crashing into a roadside tree.

Immediately after that, a boy was seen hanging between the bus, the tree and the wall while two other students were seen lying on the ground, bleeding profusely, said another passenger.

Sandals, bags and umbrellas of the victims were lying scattered.

Two of the injured died on the spot. Another critically injured student was taken to hospital, said witnesses. The identity of the injured could not be confirmed immediately.

Kabir Hossain Hawlader, inspector (investigation) of Cantonment Police Station, gave a similar version of the incident.

Besides, Zulmat, a trader, said, “After the incident, the gate of our bus was blocked by the other bus. We could get down only after our bus was moved some inches ahead.”

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