The High Court on Thursday ordered two bus companies to give Tk 50 lakh in damages to the family of Government Titumir College student Rajib Hasan within two months.
Rajib lost his right arm after he was trapped between two buses in the city's Banglamotor area on April 4 last year. He succumbed to his injuries on April 17 that year.
The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam issued the order for compensation after holding the authorities concerned of the two buses responsible for the incident.
The owners of 'Sajan Paribahan' will have to pay Tk 25 lakh while Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC) will pay the remaining amount, the court said.
On April 4, the court sought explanations from the authorities concerned on why directives should not be issued to provide Tk 1 crore as compensation to Rajib.
What happened to Rajib?
Rajib Hossain lost both of his parents some 10 years ago. As the eldest brother, Rajib was responsible for taking care of his two younger brothers. So, he started working at a computer shop in Dholaipar area besides studying at Government Titumir College.
Rajib, in his early 20s, was still looking for a better job. Getting a better job requires better expertise. So, he enrolled in BASIS Institute of Technology and Management at Karwan Bazar to participate in a three-month training programme on graphic designing.
An accident happened when Rajib was going to attend his class at 01:30pm on April 3, 2018. He lost his right arm while getting down from a bus of Sajan Paribahan as it hit a BRTC double-decker at the Saarc Fountain roundabout.
Immediately after the accident, Rajib was rushed to nearby Samorita Hospital on Panthapath. He was later transferred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for better treatment.
On April 5, while Rajib was in coma, the then health minister Mohammad Nasim visited him at the DMCH. He promised Rajib’s family that the government will bear the full cost of his treatment and upon recovering he will get a government job on humanitarian grounds.
After two weeks, Rajib died on April 17.
Rajib was not the only victim of reckless bus driving last year.
Just after three months of his death, two college students were run over and killed by a bus in the airport area.
Their deaths triggered a massive protest in Dhaka led by school students demanding road safety.