Infamous for its chaotic traffic, Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka witnessed a tragic accident on January 1, which reportedly claimed lives of two, including a worker engaged in the readymade garment sector. An errant bus reportedly mowed down the two at around 1:30 pm on Tuesday.
The deceased have been identified as Nahid Parveen Poly (19) from Nilphamari and Meem (13), from Bogura, who went to visit the factory of MH Garment, where she was employed as a worker.
Following the accident, hundreds of protesters — majority of who were employed in the apparel manufacturing industry – reportedly took to the street in front of Abul Hotel in Malibagh. Subsequently, the agitated workers reportedly resorted to throwing brickbats at police and disrupted traffic movement.
The demonstrators reportedly torched two buses and vandalised over 50 other vehicles on the street from Malibagh to Rampura. An Additional Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police, Nazmun Nahar, reportedly got stuck in the demonstration and suffered injury on one of her eyes when a brickbat thrown by the workers hit her.
It may be mentioned here that last year, following the death of some students in one such tragic accident, the capital came to a standstill when students from across the city hit the streets to protest the incident.