Wednesday, February 20, 2019

High Court orders compensation for five fatal road crashes

  • Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2019-02-12 04:13:24 BdST

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The High Court has ordered the authorities to pay Tk 100,000 in compensation to each of the families of five people, including four children, killed in road traffic accidents.

Along with the interim order on Monday, it also asked the authorities why it would not order them to pay Tk 5 million to each of the families as compensation.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the orders and a set of rules after an initial hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust or BLAST.

Abdul Halim, the petitioner’s lawyer, said the secretaries to home affairs and road transport, and the BRTA chairman have been asked to pay the compensations.

The home and road transport secretaries, BRTA, inspector general of police, Chattogram police commissioner, additional police commissioners (traffic) of Dhaka, Gazipur, Barishal and Sylhet, and OCs of different police stations have been asked to respondto the rules within four weeks.

Liza Akter, 9, died in a road crash in Barishal, Ahmed Rifat, 6, in Sylhet and Nusrat Chowdhury, 23, in Chattogram on Feb 2, Raj Khan, 5, in Gazipur on Feb 3, and Faiza Tahsina, 10, in Dhaka on Feb 5.

The High Court on Feb 5 issued similar orders and rules over the deaths of a class eight student on Jan 22 and a college student on Jan 16 in Chattogram and two children in Dhaka’s Keraniganj on Jan 28.