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12:00 AM, June 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:09 AM, June 25, 2019

Schoolboy dies under truck driven by helper

Seven people killed in other accidents

A schoolboy lost his life under a truck reportedly driven by a helper in Sirajganj yesterday, reports our Pabna correspondent.

The victim -- Maruf Hossain, son of Shahadat Hossain -- was a third-grader of Pagla Boaila Government Primary School in Ullapara upazila, said police.

The accident happened on the school premises near Dhaka-Pabna highway minutes after Ariful Islam, the helper, started driving, said Dewan Kawshik Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Ullapara Police Station.

The truck hit the seven-year-old while he was walking to class around 9:15am, said head teacher Jannatul Fardous.

The OC said Ariful lost control over the vehicle when Maruf appeared in front of it all of a sudden. Eventually, the boy was run over by the truck, he said.

The head teacher said, “Trucks with materials often enter the school premises as construction of its building is going on.”

“We did not realise it was not that truck,” she added.

OC Dewan Kawshik quoted locals, who know Ariful, as saying that he was a helper of the truck driver and was practicing driving.

Ullapara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Arifuz Zaman, who visited the spot and victim’s residence, echoed the police officer.

Ariful was not available for comments as, what the OC said, he is on the run. Police seized the truck.

Our Mymensingh correspondent reports, a CNG-run auto-rickshaw passenger was killed and five were injured as the vehicle and a truck collided on Mymensingh-Kishoreganj road in Kaltapara area of Gouripur upazila yesterday.

Aptu Mia, 70, from Paikpara village in Kishoreganj, died on the spot, said police.

The injured were taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.

Our Dinajpur correspondent says, Mostafizar Rahman, 50, and his son Sabdur Rahman, 25, were killed after a bus hit a motorcycle they were riding in Nawabganj upazila yesterday.

They were going to their Madhyapara village residence, said police.

According to our Sylhet correspondent, a bus hit a motorbike in Kajurkapon area of Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar yesterday, killing two of its riders -- Soleman Ali, 65, a freedom fighter from Telibil village; and his nephew Asad Miah, 18, said Kulaura Police Station Officer-in-Charge Yardous Hasan.

Later, the bus plunged into a roadside ditch leaving five injured, said the OC.

Meanwhile, an unidentified person died as two CNG-run auto-rickshaws collided head-on in Brahmanbazar area of the same upazila.

In Khulna, a woman was killed after a truck hit her in the city’s Phulbarigate rail crossing area yesterday, reports our local correspondent.

Hashi Begum, 22, from the city’s Maheshwar Pasha area, died on the spot, said police.

The truck driver fled the scene and locals handed over his helper Abul Hossain to police.

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