Locals put up a barricade on the Chittagong-Dhaka highway for almost an hour from around 3:00pm at the point of entry to the port city following the death of a man under the wheels of a human haulier in City Gate area.
Locals alleged that the driver of the vehicle 'intentionally' ran 35-year old Rezaul Karim Roni, over after he was 'pushed down from' the vehicle following an altercation between him and the assistant of the driver earlier.
Critically injured Roni was rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) where the on-duty physician declared him dead around 2.00pm, said Amir Uddin of CMCH Police Camp.
Zillur Rahman, elder brother of Roni, said Roni was travelling from Bhatiary to his house at Latifpur in City Gate area by the vehicle. Roni contacted his brother around 1:35 pm over phone and asked him to come to the City Gate area as he said he had a problem with the driver and the assistant of the vehicle.
“I immediately rushed to the spot…it took me just five to seven minutes to reach the spot where I found my brother lying on the road in a critical state,” he said, adding, “Some passengers told me that the assistant pushed my brother down from the vehicle and then the driver ran over him.”
Passengers tried to detain the driver but he and the assistant managed to flee the scene, said Zillur.
Locals took to the highway in protest of the incident and put up a barricade on the road for around an hour from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, said Rezaul Karim, a relative of the deceased, adding, they demanded arrest and punishment of the driver and his assistant.
“This is not an accident, it's a murder,” he said, adding, “We demand exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.”
Whn contacted, Jasim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Akbar Shah Police Station, said on information, police rushed to the spot and dispersed locals from the road.
Police detained the vehicle and are trying to arrest the driver and his assistant, the OC said.
No case was filed in this connection till filing of this report.