Another worker has died of wounds he sustained in a stone quarry collapse at Goainghat in Sylhet on Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the incident to five.
A relative of a victim filed a case in this connection with the police and the district administration formed a committee to inquiry into the incident on Wednesday.
Companiganj police inspector (investigation) Hillol Roy confirmed New Age of the death of Sadek Miah, 35, son of late Taj Ullah of village Jamalpur at Baniachang upazila in Habiganj.
He said that Sadek was rescued in a critical condition after the incident and died on his way to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital on Tuesday night.
Earlier, Zahur Ali, 65, of Baneswarpara at Banichang upazila in Habiganj, his daughter Sakirun Begum, 26, and son Muzahid Miah, 22, and Nur Uddin, 45, son of late Mafiz Ullah of village Mirpur at Jagannathpur upazila in Sunamganj, were killed and five others were injured in the landslide.
The incident took place at about 4:45pm on Tuesday when a group of some 10 workers were extracting underground stones illegally by digging a deep hole at a stone quarry at Mandirer Zum area at Jaflong of the Goainghat upazila.
A huge chunk of earth collapsed on the workers burying them inside the hole and local people rescued five of them with injuries while found four dead, the police said.
Stone trader Abdus Sattar, Helal Miah, Alim Uddin, Nannu Miah and Abdul Khaliq of Nayabasti village at the Jaflong reportedly recruited the workers to extract underground stones from the Mandirer Zum area, local people said.
The police officer Hillol informed New Age that Zahur Ali’s daughter Zakirun Begum filed a case with the police on Wednesday morning against 16 people on charge of employing the victims in extracting underground stones in the risky condition.
He said Shahab Uddin of Mandirer Zum area was arrested on Tuesday night for his suspected involvement in extracting the stones illegally.
The district administration on Wednesday also formed a three-member inquiry committee, led by additional deputy commissioner (revenue) Aminur Rahman, as it was asked to submit its report within seven days, said deputy commissioner Rahat Anwar.
Tuesday’s incident was the latest in such kind that killed at least 30 people and injured more than 45 in 12 incidents at different stone quarries in Sylhet in 2017.
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