18 injured as private car ploughs through crowd in Kurmitola
Eighteen people, including a child and three women, were injured after a private car ploughed through a crowd at Kurmitola in the city on Sunday noon.
Kazi Sahan Haque, officer-in-charge of Cantonment Police Station, said the victims were there at the bus stoppage when the private car hit them around 11:45 am.
Fourteen of the injured were identified as Tamanna, 35, her daughter Sumaiya, 10, Jaheda Begum, 48, Farid, Razzak, Azim, Razib, Rashed, Bakkar, Azizul Islam, Salma, Rahima, Maksuda and Najma.
All of them were first taken to Kurmitola General Hospital and later four critically injured victims, including a child, were shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and two others to the National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital, said the OC.
Some of the injured left Kurmitola General Hospital after receiving first aid, he said.
Locals caught car driver Rokibul and handed him over to police. The car was also seized and taken to Cantonment Police Station.
The driver claimed that he hit an auto-rickshaw first and then ploughed into the crowd out of fear that a bus was going to hit his vehicle from behind.
In a similar accident in the same area on July 29, 2018, two first-year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College were killed after a bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road in the capital.
The accident triggered a widespread protest by students, demanding safe roads and seeking justice for their fellows.