Deceased NGO officials (from left) Mokhlesur Rahman, Azim Uddin and Abdul Hamid. Photo: Star
Four NGO officials died in a fatal road mishap at Jokarchar point of Kalihati upazila in Tangail under Dhaka-Tangail highway. The accident took place on the Dhaka-Tangail highway on June, 28, bringing sorrow to four families.
The victims were officials of Ananya Somaj Kollan Shanghtha, an NGO: Md. Abdul Hamid, 48, Executive Director, Mohammad Azim Uddin, 46, Deputy Director, Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, 45, Director and their driver Mostafa Hasan, 40. They were on their way to join an official meeting in the capital before the fatal road accident claimed their lives. A truck rammed into a pick-up carrying them on the Dhaka-Tangail Bangabandhu Bridge Highway at about 8.30 in the morning on the day. Local people broke out into tears when their bodies arrived at the office of the organization in Arifpur village of the district headquarter.
The families of the deceased are in mourning, “Serving in NGO my husband recently built a residential house in Radhanagar area. The construction work did not complete yet, but it was supposed to be complete before Eid. But he (Abdul Hamid) passed away without being able to do so,” lamented Salma Akter, wife of late Abdul Hamid. She along with her two young daughters is worried about the future of their family. Md. Adnan, son of late Azim Uddin said that his father had a dream that his son will go abroad for his studies, a dream that is unlikely to be fulfilled. “Me, my younger brother and mother do not know how we will run our family as my father was the only earning member in our family.” Adnan is a student of class eight, and is worried that his education may not continue. He broke into tears saying his father left home assuring them that he will return from Dhaka after his meeting before first Ramadan so that he can have iftar with the family. Jhorna Begum, wife of late Mokhlesur Rahman could not speak at all. Mother of three daughters, she has no clue as to what the future has in store for her newly born baby, or for her older daughter who scored GPA 5 in SSC.
Ali Quadery, the Chairman of the NGO where the officials worked in, said that the fatal death of the officials is a great loss for development activities in Pabna. He assured that the organization will assist the families of the victims and will also contribute to the educational expenditure of the children of the families.
People from all over Bangladesh rush to and from the capital every day to attend important meetings, events and for business. Despite the uncertainty, people have no option but to accept the risks every day and go about their work; their only protection are their prayers to God to keep them safe on the roads.