Nine Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) drivers have been suspended over the death of Notre Dame College student Naim Hasan under the wheels of a DSCC garbage truck in Gulistan.
The move was made against them for illegally running the vehicles allocated to them through proxy drivers.
Also, a departmental case was filed against the drivers on charges of negligence of duty, misconduct and incompetence.
However, the DSCC drivers will get a food allowance during their suspension.
Of the nine DSCC staff, seven drive garbage trucks. They are Kawsar Ali, Belayet Hossain, Farid Ahmed, Md Abdullah, Jamal Uddin II, Kabir Hossain II and Rabiul Alam, DSCC Public Relations Officer Md Abu Naser said Monday. The others – Azim Uddin and Nur Jalal Shikder – drive light vehicles.
According to the office order signed by DSCC Secretary Akramuzzaman, the vehicles were allocated to DSCC registered drivers who had them illegally driven by proxy drivers. "This is the reason why accidents occur frequently, costing human lives and damaging properties."
The DSCC's transport department officials became serious about irregularities after Naim was run over by a garbage truck on November 24.
The report of the investigation committee formed over the death of the Notre Dame College student also revealed mismanagement and irregularities at the DSCC's transport department.
A proxy driver, later identified as outsider Russel Khan, was behind the wheels of the truck when the accident took place in Gulistan.
Staff driver Md Iran Mia, who was supposed to drive the vehicle, allowed DSCC cleaning staff Harun to run it. Harun then handed over the keys to the truck to Russel.