A walk through the torched compartments of Mohanganj Express
Arsonists set three coaches of Mohanganj Express on fire near Tejgaon Railway Station in Dhaka early today, killing a woman, her three-year-old son and two other people yet to be identified.
"The train left Mohanganj Station in Netrokona around 11:00pm last night and reached the airport station around 4:50am. The train was supposed to go directly to Kamalapur Railway Station and the green signal was given for it,' Parbat Ali, the on-duty station master at Tejgaon Railway Station, told The Daily Star.
"But I saw smoke coming out from the compartment of the train when it reached Tejgaon station around 4:58," said Parbat. "Then, I immediately turned the emergency switch on to make the train stop. Seeing the red light, the driver stopped the train but it had already reached the railway gate by then."
The fire engulfed compartments Chha, Ja, and Jha of the train. Three firefighting units rushed to the scene and doused the fire around 6:45am.
Police suspected that the arsonists, who set three bogies of the train on fire, boarded the train from the Airport Railway Station.
"The primary findings prove that it is an act of sabotage," Md Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of police of Police Bureau of Investigation, told The Daily Star.