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Bus was parked, driver asleep

A bus at the capital's Khilgaon burns with its driver inside yesterday. Inset, police pull the charred body into a van. Photo: Courtesy

A driver was burned to death and his assistant suffered injuries as their bus was set alight at the capital's Khilgaon yesterday on the eve of the opposition-called hartal.

Nine more buses, including three with passengers, were torched at Mirpur-1 and 10, Baridhara, Azimpur, Abdullahpur Beribadh, Gulistan, Darus Salam, Farmgate and near Bahadur Shah Park, fire brigade officials said. The latest was around 8:15pm.

Police identified the ill-fated bus driver as Badar Ali Beg, 48. They took the injured, Abdul Motaleb, 26, to Khilgaon Police Station for interrogation.

Motaleb, who suffered burns on his neck and back of his head, told The Daily Star that the two were sleeping on the isle in the afternoon; Motaleb was closer to the doors. Excessive heat woke him up, and seeing fire and smoke, he jumped out of a window. All the doors were locked.

For the moment, he had forgotten that Badar was inside, he said.

None in the area could say how and by whom the bus was set on fire.

Roadside tea-stall owners, vendors or road construction workers said they had not seen the fire start. They said three buses of Eagle Paribahan were parked there and the one at the end got burned.

Mohammad Hasan, a road construction worker, told this correspondent that around 2:00pm he and some other workers were bathing about 30 yards off the buses. They suddenly noticed the fire.

All of them rushed to it and saw the helper jump out.

“Ustad”, the youth cried out and said his “boss” was inside, Hasan said. The people prevented him from approaching the burning bus.

Firefighters put out the blaze by 2:30pm.

Salesman Tapash Chakrabarti at Eagle Paribahan Bus Counter on DIT Road, Malibagh said Badar drove the bus to the counter from Khulna at around 11:00am and parked it at the scene of the incident so that he and his helper could take rest. The 40-seat chair coach was scheduled to leave for Khulna at 3:00pm.

Sirajul Islam Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Khilgaon Police Station, told this correspondent that till yesterday evening police could not know who set the bus on fire or find any witness to the incident.

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This is what democracy looks like in Bangladesh. Here, the party in power has freedom of abusing power, freedom of corruption, freedom of extortion, freedom of looting, freedom of toll collection, freedom of abduction, freedom of killing, freedom of silencing the opposition, etc. etc. On the other hand, the opposition parties have freedom of destruction and freedom of killing. The party in power and the opposition parties have all kinds of freedom, but the people of Bangladesh do not have freedom of speech and freedom of movement. Above all, they do not have the basic rights including peace and safety and security of life and property.

: Truth Teller

How we are going to compare this brutal carnage melted out politically with that of the Illias Ali's abduction case .

i think Sk Hasina is fast loosing her control in politics, both inside the AL and outside with the BNP.

One thing is absolutely clear that all forces gainst the policy of the AL running Bangladesh under the shadow of India are united now to unseat the government by any means. What we see today are nothing but perverted political thinking and acts and the most cruel form of government change by force and undemocratically.

The door of democracy is alomost close now because ,in my judgement, all so called pro-democratic forces have joined hand together to see the end of the AL rule,Period

: upfront


  • Shafiq Ahmad
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 07:35 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    End of the day they will claim that their hartal program was a success. This is the way how they force the general masses to observe hartal. How shameful, how ruthless. No wonder they will further claim that the driver was their party activist and was torched to death by one of the Govt. agencies

  • ShamimH
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 08:16 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    Rational behavior elopes our political parties.

  • Blind
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 08:19 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    Are They Human or beast? Who Give Them Support? They Are Our Leaders?! Shame! We Are Blind.

  • Harun Rashid
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 09:10 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    You(BNP) called hartal because you believe government is behind such shameful disappearance but what are you doing by killing this poor driver in broad day light? Khaleda Zia take responsibility for his killing or take responsibilities for his family of there rest of lives. Will you be able to give back the parents who lost their son or give back the widow who lost her husband? Answers will fly in the air only. This is Bangladeshi style democracy. People of Bangladesh must educate themselves to root out these two(Hasina & Khaleda) or (AL & BNP ) monarchs.

  • soud
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 09:24 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    How can anybody be so cruel? Where the hell the world is going? What was this unfortunate driver's fault. There will no investigation and no fruitful result. It is true that the whole world is a big killing zone. Why we were born as Human beings???

  • Kowser A Khan
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:27 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    Offence is a human behavior that tends to increase in an environment where the offender is free from retribution. Nothing happened to any body in the past for the similar offence including the gruesome one in Shahbagh where six innocent passengers were burned alive. Our leaders are the luckiest in the world to have millions of blind exponent and can easily exploit 16 crore people just by casting few day dreams through their sweet speech.

    Kowser A Khan


  • GS Hossain
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:09 PM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    Are these arsonists beyond the reach of law of this land? Every time they commit these kinds of brutal & barbaric acts, they get away just because they are political activists. what on earth we're living in? The law enforcement agencies are well aware of such incidents taking place day before every Hartal, So, what the heck these bunch of useless officers were doing at the time of anarchy? Does the government condone these kind of violence, so the opposition gets the blame for it?Or do they themselves orchestrate these killings & torching to make the opposition look bad in ordinary citizens' eyes? Apparently, that's what these parties have been doing against each other. Only army could sort out these mess to ensure the peoples' safety not the civilian government cause they're busy looking after their own interests while disregarding security of peoples' lives & properties. Are we just gonna talk about these? keep silent? sit at home & wait for them to decide our fate? This cannot go on like this, utterly disgraceful & inhuman.

  • M Hossain
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:47 PM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    SHAME..! Are these politicians human at all. How innocent people suffer. They will blame each other only. In the court of the people for this kind of incidents both PM & Leader of the Opposition will be accused and punished. There should be law but who will make this law?

  • Tirtho Mahmud
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:52 PM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    Sad truth is, neither Hasina nor Khaleda, nor any of their cohorts will ever know what it means to be burnt alive. I personally think that their knowing of how it feels to be burnt alive could be very helpful for the world (irony intended).

  • Imtiaz
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 01:17 PM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    GREAT GREAT !!! GREAT Hasina Great Khaleda !! GREAT Democracy !! They say Major Zia and Ershad were bad. Now you see the picture of DEMOCRACY. GREAT !!!

  • Towhid Salam
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:20 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    This is outrageous. It is a killing of an individual in front of public. The government should be able to trace the culprit by looking at the photographs that the journalists may have taken.

  • Dev Saha
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:59 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    How does this lunacy can solve the problem? A good working bus is taken out from the service. What is next? Set fire to one's house?

  • Qiufang Huang
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 01:07 AM GMT+06:00 (198 weeks ago)

    The innocent members of the public are always destined to die miserably at the wish of the so-called patriotic politicians. I do not believe that Ilias was picked by any government agency to be killed. He must have been picked by some of his personal enemies. No government in the world has ever been able to prevent such crime. It is never possible for any government anywhere in the world to guard every ciitizen from causing him harm or death by another or others. There are law and law enforcing agencies to take care. The hartal will not bring the victim back to life or light, if he is not already killed. Knowing this well, the opposition party, of course following the seditious tradition, of the past, has called for hartal and let its vandals loose to destroy life and property of the innocent people. Such hartal and vandalism are never any democratic right; these acts are clearly seditious. But ours is a vulgar nation, where leaders inherit leadership; they are not required to achieve it with love for the people. So long the people are not educated enough to end the rule.





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