At least 21 policemen, including two police inspectors and two drivers of vehicles carrying police were injured when a passenger bus collided with two pickup vans in Brahmanbaria yesterday morning.
The accident took place around 8am on the Cumilla-Sylhet highway in West Medda Markazpara area of the district town when the Econo Paribahan bus coming from Dhaka collided with pick-up vans, confirmed Additional Superintendent of Police Md Roish Uddin.
Police arrested the bus driver and helper from the spot.
All the injured policemen came from Kishoreganj district. They were deployed to carry out special duties to maintain law and order situation after the Hefazat-e-Islam mayhem in Brahmanbaria from March 26-28.
Md Roish Uddin told The Daily Star that six of the injured, including a driver, were in critical condition.
They were sent to National Orthopaedic Institute and Hospital in Dhaka.
Arifuzzaman Himel, on-duty doctor at the emergency department of Brahmanbaria General Hospital, said six of the injured had been referred to Dhaka as their condition was critical. Five other injured were admitted to a hospital and 12 were given first aid.
The ASP said, "Members of police got out of the district police lines in two pickup vans for their duty. Later, the Econo Paribahan bus coming from Dhaka collided with pick-up vans carrying the policemen, leaving them injured. Both the bus and police vehicles were damaged in the crash."