on the Road
September 6th, a Monday morning, a staff bus of Arunima Garments
and Wear Limited--an industry of the Export Processing Zone--ran
over Sumi, a first year student of the Philosophy Department
who was waiting to go to her uncle's house during the Janmastami
holiday. The accident left her gravely injured. Sumi, daughter
of late Sajjad Mohammad Khan of Sadar Ponkobila in Narail,
reportedly died 15 minutes after the accident with no one
to come forward and take her to the hospital.
her for a garment worker, the students standing around the
scene did not touch the injured Sumi. Had the students of
the university acted responsibly and helped her despite who
she was, a young life might have been saved. Now that her
identity is known, the incident has become a source of shame
and anguish. Sumi died and remained lying on the ground for
more than an hour, even though a number of students, university
guards, pedestrians, and shop owners were in front of the
dairy farm gate where the tragedy took place. Even a staff-carrying
university bus passed Shumi's body body around that time and
no one came forward to help.
cried for water before her last breath but no one was available
to offer her a drop of water. It is unacceptable, especially
from students who claim to be responsible citizens of the
country," said Koli, a friend of Sumi's, in an emotion-choked
university authorities reached the spot an hour after the
arrival of police from Savar thana and brought the dead body
inside the campus at around 9:30am. The death cast an aura
of gloom all over the campus and students in a fit of anger
vandalised and set fire to a number of shops near the spot.
shock at the behaviour of the students and pedestrians, V.C.
Professor Khandaker Mustahidur Rahman said, "Was there
nobody on the highway to take her to the hospital? We should
behave responsibly and be sympathetic to others regardless
of his/her background."
people, including a teacher, were killed on the highway near
the campus in the last 10 years, while more then one hundred
people were killed between Savar bus stand and Baipile.
though the bus was identified, Savar thana police could not
apprehend the driver and have allegedly taken a huge amount
of money from the owner of the Arunima garments to stop the
case midway and save the driver.
writer is the JU Correspondent of The Daily Star