A reckless bus crushed a school going boy under its wheels near Radio Colony at Savar when the child was returning home with his mother yesterday.
In protest,around 1,500 angry students of Radio Colony Model School, its teachers and several thousand locals of Savar gathered at the spot of the Dhaka-Aricha Highway, set fire to five buses, ransacked over 50 other vehicles and staged demonstrations.
They also put barricades on Dhaka-Aricha Highway forcing several hundred vehicles to remain stranded from Jahangirnagar University to Savar Bus Stand for three hours.
The agitating people also clashed with Rapid Action Battalion and police when they rushed to the spot and tried to disperse the demonstrators.
The law-enforcers fired around 200 rounds of rubber bullet and teargas canisters during the clash.
They also charged batons to disperse the agitators who also pelted with brickbats turning the area into a battlefield.
Witnesses said a passenger bus of Polash Paribahan on Dhaka-Gopalganj route sped away crushing Sunbeam Hasan Nibir, 5, a playgroup student of Radio Colony Model School and also a son of a teacher of the school A K M Nizam Uddin, on the spot at around 3:30pm.
The driver and helper of the Gopalganj bound bus later ran away leaving the bus at Genda bus stand, around two kilometres off the spot.
Witnesses said police charged batons indiscriminately during the clashes.
The law-enforcers also detained five agitators.
The road was freed for vehicle movement at around 6:00pm.