A private university student has been killed after a bus ploughed into the motorcycle she was riding near the Jamuna Future Park on Dhaka’s Pragati Sarani.
The victim, identified as 24-year-old Nadia, was a first-year pharmacy student at Northern University.
Nadia, who was a passenger on her friend Mehedi Hasan’s motorcycle, was crushed under the front wheels of the bus after it hit her motorcycle around 12:45pm on Sunday, according to Bhatara Police Station Inspector Rafiqul Haque.
Nadia was subsequently rushed to a nearby hospital where on-duty doctor declared her dead on arrival, the inspector said.
Mehedi survived the crash and was being questioned by police.
Police seized the Victor Paribahan bus, but its driver had fled.
Following the crash, the students of Northern University blocked the Airport Road at Kawla for an hour and a half.
The students took up position in the area around 4:30pm, blocking all traffic in the process, said Tapas Kumar Das, additional deputy commissioner of police’s Uttara unit (airport).
They demanded the arrest of the driver, compensation for Nadia’s family, cancellation of Victor Paribahan’s route permit and a bus stop at Kawla.
“Traffic on either side of the Mymensingh Road was halted. We spoke to them for a long time and provided assurance about taking steps to fulfill the demands and moved them from the place around 6pm,” the police officer said.
The traffic returned to normal once the blockade was lifted, he said.