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Bus- train collision kills 12, injures 3 in Joypurhat

Nazrul Islam, Joypurhat: At least 12 people were killed and three others seriously injured in a fatal bus – train accident due to lack of gatemen in Puranapail Railway Gate area of JoypurhatSadaron December 19 early in the morning. The incident cast a shadow of grief across the region.

Eye witnesses said that a Hilli bound passenger bus ‘Badhan’ (Bogura JA-11-0008) from Joupurhatwas crossing the rail gate. When it crossing the Puranapailrailway gate under JoypurhatSadarupazila.

TheRajshahi -bound Uttara Express train fromParbatipur in Dinajpur hit the bus because the gateman did not leave the gate. The train took the bus to the railway line about one km south. At least 10 passengers on the bus were killed at the spot. The injured were rescued and sent to Joypurhat Modernized District Hospital by Joypurhat and Panchbibi fire service station members.

Dr Saiful Islam, a resident doctor ofJoypurhat District Modernized Hospital said that two more people died on the way to Bogura Shahid Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital when the condition of the five injured were deteriorated.

The victims were driver Mamunur Rashid, son of Late Abdul Mannan of Haril village,Rezaul Karim Reza Alias Tarun, son of Nishi Mandal of Chitra Para village, Ramjan Ali, son of Manik of Hitchmi village, Abdul Latif, son of Shariful Islam of Kuthibari Bridge area of Joypurhat sadar upazila, Sumon, son of Mongla Mandal of Itakhola village of Khatlalupazila, Sarwar Hossain Babu, son of Altaf Hossain, and Arifur Rahman Rabbi of Atul village,

Manzurul Islam Nazsim, son of Mosarraf Hossain Maznu of Ata Para village, Mohammad Ziaur Rahman, son of LateReazuddin of Patabuka village of Panchbibiupazila, Saju Mia, son of Dudu Kazi of ChakBila village in Akkelpurupazila and Babu son of Gora Mian of Raninagarupazila of Naogaon districtSaiful Islam, son of Samatullah of Shahikulavillage of Sirajgonj district.

Besidesthree seriously injured passengers are now under treatment atBoguraShahid Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital. They areFaruk Hossain, son of MofazzalHossain, Ziason of Sirazul Islam of Panchbibiupazila of thedistrict, Julhas Uddin, son of Shukur Ali of Bhuyapurupazila of Tangail district.

The incident occurred due to lack of gateman said Parbatipur Railway Police Super Siddique Tanzilur Rahman. The four-member committee of inquiry has been formed in this regard headed by Nasiruddin Ahmed, Chief Divisional Transport Officer.The othermembers of the committeeare Asis Kumar Divisional Mechanical Engineer and Abdur Rahim Divisional Engineer 2, Shakil Ahmed Divisional Medical Officer.

Deputy Commissioner of JoypurhatShariful Islam,Police Super Salam Kabir, Mayor of JoypurhatPourashabhaMostafizur Rahman Mostaque, SadarUpazilaNibarhi Officer Milton Chandra Roy, Mohammadabad UP chairman Ataur Rahman, Puranapail UP chairman KhorshedAlamSaikatvisited the place of accident immediately after the incident.

Besides, different political and social leaders visited the spot.Deputy CommissionerpaidTk 10,000 cash and mayor of JoypurhatPourashabha paid Tk 10,000 to the victim’s family for the burial of the victims.

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