Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Saturday said driver Md Hanif, who was nabbed in connection with the death of media worker Ahsan Kabir Khan in city’s Panthapath on Thursday, is not Dhaka North City Corporation employee.
He had no valid driving licence and he was used to driving the vehicle for a long time without licence.
Khandaker Al Moin, RAB'S legal and media wing director at a press briefing in the capital Dhaka disclosed it.
RAB said Hanif had a liaison with some city corporation officials. They tasked him with the city corporation garbage-laden truck. He used to sell fuel allocated for the vehicle and earn money as there was no fixed wage for him.
RAB, however, said that they were yet to get any information on whether Hanif used to give a share of the money to the city corporation officials or not.
According to the RAB official, Hanif was driving the truck while it ran over Ahsan Kabir Khan on Thursday. A 10-year-old kid was the assistant of the driver. The duo was supposed to dump the waste in Gabtoli after collecting it from Panthapath.
The garbage truck was supposed to make three to four trips on that day. During the third trip, the accident occurred and they fled the scene immediately. Hanif first went to Gabtoli, and then he went into hiding at his relative's residence in Chandpur.
RAB said Hanif has a certificate for driving light vehicles. He had worked for seven to eight years as an assistant at the city corporation's motor workshop. He developed good relations with the city corporation officials while working there.
Khandaker Al Moin further said, “In 2019, he got the certificate for driving light vehicles. First, he used to drive a small truck. Then he got the garbage truck.”
On liaison with city corporation officials, RAB said Hanif had mentioned some names. But those need to be verified and scrutinised.
Journalist Ahsan Kabir Khan died after being hit by a garbage truck in Panthapath area of the city on Thursday. He was travelling as a pillion on a motorcycle. He was hit by the truck from behind and fell on the road.
Then the vehicle ran over his head. His wife Nadira Parveen filed a case with Kalabagan police station in this connection.