Parents of Diya, Rajib call on PM

Publish: 11:47 AM, August 2, 2018 | Update: 11:47:AM, August 2, 2018

DHAKA  – Parents and family members of Diya and Rajib, the two college students who died in the earlier this week’s dreadful bus crash on the Airport Road, today called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the PMO.

Premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister consoled the parents and said she would stand by the families with all possible supports.

“I have no language to console you as I can feel the pain of losing near and dear one . . . In one night I lost all members of my family,” he quoted her as saying during talks with the family members.

The premier also gave saving certificates of Taka 20 lakh to each of the families, Karim said. Diya’s father Jahangir Fakir met the prime minister along with Diya’s mother, brother and sister while Rajib’s mother Mohima Begum met her along with her sister.

The press secretary said in an emotional voice Diya’s father, a bus driver himself, pointed out some problems of the transport sector and the drivers in particular.

“Most of the drivers are overworked and exhausted resulting in frequent road accidents on roads,” he said.

Home Minister Asadizzaman Khan Kamal and Principal of Shahid Ramiz Uddin School and College Nurnahar Yasmin were present.

The prime minister requested the children of the families to pursue their studies attentively and use the financial assistance for essential family expenses.

Principal of the Ramiz Uddin School and College, where the two students studied, briefed the prime minister of the transport problems faced by students come to the school from far flung areas.

The press secretary said the instantly asked the authorities concerned to give five buses for carrying the students and build an underpass near Ramiz Uddin School and College on Airport Road.

The prime minister directed deployment of traffic policemen and construction of speed breakers in front of all city schools.

She said the government already took necessary steps to avert such accident in future, stop movement of vehicles without fitness and resting arrangement for drivers on highways.

Karim said parents expressed gratitude to the prime minister and hoped that the agitating students would go back to home.

Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib were killed as a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus ploughed through them on July 29.