Bangladeshi bus hero due to be deported
A FOREIGN national hailed as a hero earlier this month after preventing a bus crash has received his deportation orders to leave the country.
Mosharaf Hossain Chowdhury (28) from Bangladesh will learn next month whether a High Court appeal to grant him asylum has been successful.
On November 11 last, he prevented an accident on the Dublin-bound carriageway along the busy M7 motorway when the driver of the Bus Eireann bus collapsed at the wheel.
With 15 passengers on board the Limerick-Dublin service, Mr Hossain Chowdhury jumped up from his seat and took control of the vehicle.
"We thought we were all going to die. It hit the barrier to the left very badly and went to the right again and then to the left," he said.
"I put my life at risk and saved the other people on board the bus. I received a neck injury and have a pain in my backbone since," he said.
Bus Eireann contacted Mr Hossain Chowdhury afterwards and thanked him. An investigation is ongoing.
Mr Hossain Chowdhury -- who studied business and finance at Griffith College in Limerick and hotel and catering management at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology -- said he fears religious persecution if he is deported home.
He is a converted Ahmadiyya Muslim.
"In Bangladesh, other Muslims who are in the majority will not accept this or tolerate it," he said.
Mr Hossain Chowdhury has been residing in the State since 2006 and lives in Limerick.