At least three people including a schoolgirl were killed and four others injured when a bus ploughed through a bookshop at Naudapara in Rajshahi city on Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Anika, 13, daughter of Rustom of Bharalipara area of city, Islamail Hossain Pinku, 24, son of Islam Hossain of Shah Makhdum Thana Mor area, and Sobuj Islam, 32, son of Mohammad Ali of the area.
Anika was a class VII student at Shah Makhdum High School while the rest two deceased used to work for cable television operator at the area.
Witnesses and locals said, a bus titled ‘Aero Bengal Paribahan’ was heading toward to Noagoan from rail gate area of the city.
When the bus reached at Nowdapara bazaar, it suddenly hit a running motorcycle and went straight across the sidewalk at 12:15pm, leaving Pinku and Sobuj dead on the spot.
The bus also hit two more shops including gas cylinder shop and two auto-rickshaws before it had stopped after being hit with a building wall, injuring five more injured including Anika and her friend Mitu who were walking on the sidewalk.
Later, the five injured were rushed to Rajshahi Medical Collage Hospital where doctors declared Anika dead.
The witnesses and locals alleged that the helper of the bus was driving the bus and he might have lost control the wheel of the steering.
Following the incidents, locals and students of Shah Makhdum High School blocked the highway for more than one hours and vandalizing a bus and a truck protesting against the death of the three.
Later, the law enforcers moved them away from the highway at 1:12pm and deployed additional law enforcers to continue plying vehicles on the road.
Zillur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Shah Makhdum Police Station told New Age that they had seized the bus, but the helper and the driver managed to escape.
He said that they were taking legal processes in this connection.
Meanwhile, Rajshahi Metropolitan Police commissioner Md AKM Hafiz Aktar visited the injured and asked the RMCH hospital authorities to hand over the dead bodies soon after finishing the legal processes.
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