Diya, Rajib Murder Case nearing completion
Death Under Wheels Of Jabal-e-Noor Bus
Published : Monday, 16 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 682
The trial of the Diya, Rajib Murder Case is in its final stages.
The two Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College students Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib were run over by a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus in 2018.
Their deaths sparked a huge student outrage and recorded nationwide student demonstrations demanding road safety.The tragic deaths of Diya and Rajib took place when a Jabal-e-Noor bus ploughed through some students near Kurmitola General Hospital on the Airport Road on July 29 last year.
The bus ploughed through a crowd while racing with another bus of the same company.
Tens of thousands of students took to the streets across the country demanding road safety, forcing the government to take several steps to curb road accidents and bring discipline in the transport sector.
Additional Public Prosecutor Tapas Kumar Paul said, "The trial is at its final stages, and judgment is expected in September or October." The trial is now pending at the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes.
The court would not hear any more prosecution witnesses after recording the statement of 37th witnesses case Investigation Officer Kazi Shariful Islam, the prosecutor added.
The defence is now cross-examining Shariful, an Inspector with the Detective Branch (DB) of police. The next hearing is scheduled for August 22.
The public prosecutor said, out of the six accused in the case, Jabal-e-Noor Parbahan bus drivers Masum Billah and Zobair Hossain Sumon, Md Jahangir Alam, owner of one of the two buses involved in the crash, and driver's assistant Enayet Hossain have been sent to jail.
Among other accused, Kazi Asad, a driver's assistant, is being tried as a fugitive while Shahadat Hossain Akand, the owner of the bus that ran over the college students, is out on bail.
Diya's father Jahangir left his profession as bus driver and now manages his family and education expenditure of his two other children from whatever he earns by running a tiny shop and the money he gets from the interest of a Tk 20 lakh fixed deposit that he received from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
After the death of Rajib, Hatiya's local administration promised to give two acres of land to Rajib's mother, but she was yet to receive it, said Mehraj, a relative of Rajib. He urged the authorities to take necessary steps in this regard soon.
On September 6 in 2018, the case Investigation Officer pressed charges against six people with Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, and the court indicted them on homicide charges on October 25.