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Pickup van enters house, kills child

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:53, Oct 23,2020 | Updated: 23:53, Oct 23,2020

 
 

A girl child was killed and his brother was injuries when a pickup van went off the road and hit the two while they were playing on the porch of their house before crashing into the house.

The incident took place in Gopinathpur Uttarpara area under Gopalganj sadar upazila on Friday.

The van driver did not have any driving licence, police officials confirmed.

The deceased was identified as Tasfia Khanam, 3, daughter of Chan Mia Shikdar.

Gopinathpur investigation centre in-charge inspector Md Abu Nayeem told New Age that on Friday the pickup van was on its way to Bagerhat from Gazipur.

Around 1:45pm the van hit the children and then the vehicle crashed into their house, he said.

Nayeem said that Tasfia died on the spot while her six-year-old brother Rabbi Shikdar was left with a broken leg.

Rabbi is undergoing treatment at the Gopalganj Sadar Hospital.

The inspector said that the driver was identified as 19-year-old Emran Hossain who did not have any driving licence.

According to the law, anyone below 20 is not eligible for a professional driving licence.

Emran now remains in the custody of the Bhanga highway police, the inspector said.

He also said that they handed over the body of Tasfia to her family members and a case was under process.

Bangladesh has seen a surge in the number of drivers without licences recently and experts believe that unlicensed drivers are often involved in reckless driving and fatal accidents.

According to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, currently around 27 lakh drivers have licence against around 45 lakh registered motor vehicles.

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