Seven killed in 2 road accidents | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 29, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:59 AM, April 29, 2019

Eight killed in three road accidents

At least eight people, including three children, died in separate road accidents in Chandpur, Laxmipur  and Dhaka yesterday.

In Chandpur’s Shahrasti upazila, a speeding CNG-run auto-rickshaw collided head-on with a bus yesterday morning. Six people, who were all passengers of the auto-rickshaw, were killed. 

The dead were identified as: Moni Begum, 28, her son Rumman Hossain, 8, Abul Kalam, 62, Ranjit Chandra, 52, Md Shahjahan, 62, and Fakhrul Islam, 75.

Officer-In-Charge (OC) of Shahrasti Police Station Md Shah Alam said the incident took place around 9:15am when a Gazipur-bound Cordova Paribahan bus collided head-on with the auto-rickshaw near Kakoirtola Bazar area on the Chandpur-Cumilla road.

Four of the passengers died on the spot, one died on the way to hospital and an-other at Cumilla Medical College Hospital, the OC said. 

Swapan, the driver of the CNG auto-rickshaw, was in critical condition and undergo-ing treatment at the hospital, he added. 

According to witnesses, the CNG-run auto-rickshaw, after picking up the six pas-sengers from Kachua’s Jagotpur area, was moving with excessive speed and over-took four to five vehicles before it collided head-on with the bus. 

Agitating locals barricaded the Chandpur-Cumilla regional highway and vandalised some vehicles.

However, police took control after around two hours and removed the barricade, af-ter which vehicular movement went back to normal.

Jihadul Kabir, superintendent of Chandpur police, said legal action would be taken after investigating the cause of the accident. 

Meanwhile in Laxmipur, a madrasa student was run over by a speeding pickup van while he was crossing a road in Shakchar area on his way to school around 10:00am.

The dead was identified as Md Yasin Hossain, 9, student of Hamid Miaji Madrasa.

He was taken to Laxmipur General Hospital in critical condition, where doctors de-clared him dead.

Blocking the road with logs, locals staged a protest against the accident for an hour.  

In another incident, a fourth grader was killed after a covered van hit him in Majar road area of Mirpur yesterday afternoon.

The dead was identified as Mafim Sarkar, 12, a student of Mirpur RC Primary School.

The accident took place in front of Prime University around 1:30pm when the victim was riding a bicycle.

He was declared dead at National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital.

Selimuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Darussalam Police Station said, police seized the covered van and also detained its driver Shamim Hossain, 25.

(A Chandpur correspondent and our Noakhali correspondent contributed to this re-port)

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