Fourth victim of Cumilla bus fire dies

Driver fighting for life

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:19, Mar 22,2021


Another victim of Cumilla bus fire died at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery early Sunday.

Shamsun Nahar, 70, who sustained 28 per cent burns, died at the intensive care unit of the hospital around 3:00am, said the hospital’s residential surgeon Partha Sankar Paul.

With this, four victims so far have died in the bus fire incident of March 11.

At least two people were killed on the spot and 18 others sustained burn injuries, at least five of them critically, as an overcrowded moving bus caught fire near Gauripur bus stand of Daudkandi upazila in Cumilla on Dhaka-Chattogram highway.

Rafiqul Islam, who died on the spot, was husband of Shamsun Nahar.

The third victim, Golam Hossain, 75, who sustained 31 per cent burns, died at the intensive care unit of the hospital on March 15.

Police later filed a case with Daudkandi police station.

Police inspector Saiful Islam, investigation officer of the case, said that bus driver Nazrul Islam and owner Mizanur Rahman were sued in the case.

Nazrul sustained burn injuries in the fire and fled the spot with the wounds.

Police, however, traced him at a hospital in Chandpur.

The driver sustained 30 per cent burns and is now undergoing treatment at the burn institute in Dhaka, said the police officer.

Bus owner Mizanur had secured bail from the high court, said inspector Saiful.

Fire service officials said that the blast in the overcrowded bus might was originated from the engine due to overheating or from a spark in the battery.

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