Victim alleges police stood by as bus firebombed and passengers die

bus arson

“I was asleep. All on a sudden I woke up hearing people’s screaming. Then I saw this fire. My uncle, my cousin and I were on the bus. I and my uncle jumped out of the bus through the window. Then I saw my cousin lying on the ground. Many portions of his body had been burnt.

Also I saw the police who were standing right there. None of them were coming to help. They didn’t even inform the fire services.”

This is how a bus passenger was describing the recent bus firebombing incident in a Live interview on Bangladeshi private television channel, 71 TV.

At the Dhaka-Chittagong highway of Chouddagram upazila in Comilla, some miscreants hurled petrol bombs on a bus of Icon Transport coming from Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka. In this incident seven individuals were burnt to death on the spot. At least 17 more suffered burns in this arson attack. It has not been possible to identify the deceased immediately particularly given the charred remains of the victims were difficult to identify as to their gender let alone names and details. This tragic incident took place on Tuesday (03 February) at 3:30 AM at night on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Jogmohonpur area under Miabazar, Comilla.