Drivers of covered van, Uber motorcycle placed on remand


A Court in Dhaka on Sunday placed the detained drivers of covered van and Uber motorcycle on a two-day remand in connection with the death of a female student of BRAC University in a road accident in front of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in the capital on Thursday.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Baki Billah passed the order in the afternoon while Sher-e-Bangala Nagar police produced them before the court seeking a seven-day remand.
Earlier on April 25 Labannya, a 3rd year student of computer science and engineering department of the university, died on the spot as the covered van hit her Uber motorcycle from behind near the gate of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in the capital.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Sunday blamed reckless driving of the ridesharing motorcycle driver and covered van driver for the fatal accident of the BRAC University student Fahmida Haque Labannya.
Police also said that the ridesharing company, Uber, did not assist them instantly to find the driver who provided fake address and information to the company.
The DMP on Sunday held a press conference at its office, said a press release.
At the conference, DMP deputy commissioner (Tejgaon division) Biplab Kumar Sarkar said that on Saturday they had arrested the van driver Anisur Rahman and seized the vehicle from Baish Mile area in Ashulia.
On April 26, they arrested the Uber rider Md Sumon Hossain and seized his vehicle from Nabinagar Housing in Mohammadpur area.
Biplab Kumar Sarkar said that before the accident, Uber rider Sumon and van driver Anisur were driving recklessly.
At one stage the van hit the motorbike from behind causing Labannya to fall from the bike and the covered van drove away crushing her under its wheels.
The motorcyclist left Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College hospital before police reached the scene and switched off his mobile phone.
Police took his address from the hospital but found it to be fake.
When they asked for information from Uber, the ridesharing company was unwilling to help. Police found that Sumon provided fake address during registration with the company.
Biplab Kumar Sarkar said that the ridesharing company did not scrutinise the drivers’ physical and mental skills during recruitment.
Quality of the helmets for the service receivers on motorcycles was very poor, he said.
Whoever is found guilty would be brought to book, he added.
Uber, in a statement issued on Sunday, said that they were investigating the matter from their end.