Death toll in Brahmanbaria rail tragedy rises to 18

Train delays after Sirajganj accident continue

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:59, Nov 19,2019


Two injured passengers of the Brahmanbaria train accident on November 12 died from injuries on Saturday and Sunday separately, raising the death toll to 18.

As of Monday, disruption in the regular schedule of the trains on the northern and southern routes after the train derailment at Ullapara in Sirajganj on November 14 was yet to be fixed.

The New Age correspondent in Brahmanbaria reported that Tara Harijan of Noakhali and Dholai Mia of Habiganj died from their injuries on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Tara died at Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka while Dholai at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, said Akhaura railway station officer-in-charge Shymol Kanti Das.

Two of the five committees probing the Brahmanbaria accident submitted their reports as of Monday.

The two committees held Turna Express’s loco master Taser Uddin, assistant loco master Apu Dey and working guard Abdur Rahman responsible for the accident as they drove the train past two red signals and hit Udayan Express, said two railways officials.

All the three were suspended immediately after the accident on November 12.

The probe committee – formed by Brahmanbaria district administration – could not meet its deadline for report on Sunday and sought more time.

As to the Sirajganj train derailment, none of the four probe committees submitted their reports as of Monday.

The New Age correspondent in Sirajganj reported that three probe committees visited the derailment spot on Monday.

Bangladesh railway requested police to investigate if the derailment was an act of sabotage, said railway officials.

After the Sirajganj accident, disruption in the schedules continued until Monday. On Monday, Chitra Express on Dhaka-Khulna route was delayed by about ten hours, Lalmonirhat Express on Dhaka-Lalmonirhat by six hours, Sundarban Express on Dhaka-Khulna route by about five hours, Panchagarh Express on Dhaka-Panchagarh route by about four hours and Drutajan Express by about three hours.

Bangladesh Railway director general Md Shamsuzzaman said that it would take few more days to adjust the schedule.

Bangladesh Railway incurred losses of crores of taka in the Brahmanbaria accident and about half a crore in the Sirajganj accident, he said.

On November 12, 16 passengers were killed and more than 70 were injured as the locomotive of Dhaka-bound Turna Express hit Chattogram-bound Udayan Express near Mandabhag railway station at Kasba in Brahmanbaria.

As of Monday, 12 of the injured were undergoing treatment at National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, six at Combined Military Hospital, three at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and one each at Cumilla Medical College Hospital and at a private hospital at Dhanmondi, said railway officials.

On November 14, at least 20 passengers were injured as the locomotive and two compartments of Rangpur Express caught fire following the derailment of the train’s locomotive and seven compartments at Ullapara railway station in Sirajganj.

Railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan is scheduled to brief journalists on November 20, said officials.

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