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Taxicab plunged into Turag still not found

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:18, Jul 22,2019 | Updated: 00:10, Jul 23,2019

 
 

Firefighters and divers conduct an operation in the river Turag at Aminbazar in Dhaka on Monday to rescue a taxi that plunged into the river on Sunday night. — Abdullah Apu

The location of the taxicab that plunged into the River Turag at Savar on Sunday night remained untraced as the Fire Service and Civil Defence divers continued the search on Monday.

Fire Service and Civil Defence zone commander Md Anowarul Haque told New Age that they were confirmed about the incident after watching the CCTV footage from Savar police.

Referring to the footage he said that a speedy yellow-coloured taxicab, owned by Army Welfare Trust, plunged into the river from the approach of the north side of Salehpur Bridge in Aminbazar when it was heading towards the capital.

‘I am not sure about the number of passengers inside,’ he said, adding that the rescue operation was interrupted due to strong current in the river.

‘Divers could not stay under water for strong current,’ he said, adding that they were using an anchor to find the location of the vehicle.

Witness Jasim Uddin Joy, an employee of ICS Business Group situated near the spot, who was crossing the bridge by a rickshaw during the accident, said that the taxicab was overtaking a bus just on the west side of the bridge before the fall.

Jasim immediately called national emergency number 999 but the fire service reached the spot more than an hour later.

He said that the fire service could not trust me and then they went to Savar Police Station for the confirmation of the incident.

In 2010, at least 13 people were killed when a Boishaki Paribahan bus plunged into the river from the approach of the bridge with 40 passengers.

Local people blamed the absence of crash barriers on the approach for the accident and demanded that the barriers be built immediately but it fell on deaf ears.

The same design flaw of the bridge was responsible for a dozens of minor accidents over the years, they said.

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