311 killed during Eid journey: Report

At least 311 people were killed and 862 injured during Eid journey this year – showing a marked rise compared to last year, a welfare body said in a report today.

The majority was in road crashes, accounting for 274 deaths, during June 19 and July 1, Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity said while unveiling the report at a press conference.

Three people were killed and 14 injured riverine accidents while 34 were killed after crashing under the wheels of the trains during same period of time, said the platform for commuters.

In total, 200 people were killed while 764 injured in 127 accidents road, rail and river transports  in 12 days during Eid-ul Fitr rush last year, the organisation said.

“The number accidents have comparatively increased this year,” said the welfare association’s Secretary General Mozammel Haque Chowdhury.

“It is mainly due to poor road condition, failure to control over speeding of buses and plying of relatively slow vehicles alongside the speedy vehicles,” he said.

The organisation prepared the report monitoring the reports of 22 national and six regional dailies and 10 online news portals. The briefing was held at Bangladesh Crime Reporters’ Association auditorium.