7 killed in road accidents as people travel defying ban

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:04, May 20,2020


At least seven people were killed and 16 others injured in three road accidents in Sirajganj, Moulvibazar and Tangail on Tuesday as people continue to travel by microbuses and goods-laden pick-up vans and trucks defying government’s travel ban.

Of the deceased, four were killed in Sirajganj, two in Moulvibazar and another in Tangail.

New Age correspondent in Sirajganj, quoting Hatikumrul highway police station officer-in-charge Khairul Islam, reported that  four people - Ali Akbar, 40, his wife Nurjahan Begum 24, of Nababganj in Dinajpur, Sohel Rana Hossain, 22, of Panchbibi of Jaipurhat and an unidentified woman were killed and another was injured as a soyabean oil laden truck plunged into a roadside ditch on Dhaka-Rajshahi highway at Nalka of Sirajganj in the early morning on Tuesday.

Khairul said that the victims were going to their village home ahead of Eid defying the travel restriction because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that they seized the truck but its driver and his assistant fled the scene.

The injured was admitted to Sirajganj General Hospital where the unidentified woman died, said resident medical officer Faridul Islam.

In Moulvibazar, two people – Badiuzzaman, 40, and Mishu Begum, 30, — were killed and nine others injured as the microbus carrying them hit a roadside tree in Gobindabati area under Rajnagar in Moulvibazar early morning.

All the victims, residents of Rajshahi, rented the microbus and were going to their homes from Baralekha in Moulvibazar, said Rajnagar police station officer-in-charge Abdul Halim.

New Age correspondent in Tangail, quoting Tangail fire service senior station officer Shafiqul Islam, reported that Bimol Halder, 19, a resident of Bogura was killed and six others injured as a Dhaka-bound pick-up van carrying them plunged into a ditch by the Dhaka-Tangail highway in Darunsaittya area under Sadar upazila in Tangail on Tuesday in the afternoon.

He said that all the victims were labourers and the injured were sent to Tangail Sadar Hospital for treatment.

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