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7 people were killed in a covered van-autorickshaw collision

Jewel Chowdhury, Habiganj :

7 people were killed when a covered van and a CNG autorickshaw collided at Nasratpur on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway. Among them is a couple of workers of Pran Company.

The autorickshaw collided with a covered van leaving from Dhaka when a CNG autorickshaw leaving Shayestaganj for Alipur reached the area around 8am on Monday (August 16). The CNG autorickshaw was crushed. Six passengers of the autorickshaw were killed on the spot. Another died later at Sadar Hospital. However, his identity was not found. Soon after the incident, the traffic on the highway was stopped. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides. Fire service and police went to the spot and recovered the car and the bodies of the deceased and sent them to the morgue of Sadar Hospital. Later the traffic was normal.

The deceased have been identified as Rahela Khatun, 30, wife of Akbar Ali of Shri Baut village in Chunarughat upazila, Swapan Mia, 28, son of Safar Ali of the same village, Abdul Ahad, 35, son of Abul Hossain and Ala Uddin, 35, son of Anfar Ali of Barampur village in Shayestaganj upazila. Sohag Mia, 26, son of Abdullah Mia of Pandail village in Chunarughat upazila, Hanufa Begum, 27, and an unidentified woman, 20.

It is learned that Abdul Ahad and Hunufa worked for Pran RFL Company in Shaistaganj Olipur in the hope of restoring the family’s well-being. But a terrible accident took away two fresh lives of the same family. And in this way two ignorant children have become orphans. Those who still do not know their beloved parents are no longer alive on this earth.

Hanufa Begum’s elder brother killed. Farooq Mia said in a tearful voice, I married my sister about 12 years ago. After marriage, two sons were born in their laps. Those will be 6 to 8 years old.

“My sister-in-law was a CANG autorickshaw driver at the time,” he said. But for fear of a road accident and to restore the family’s financial well-being, they both decided three months ago that they would work for Pran Company. Unable to find any vehicle on Monday morning, Ahad himself left for the company in a CNG autorickshaw belonging to one of his neighbors along with his wife and a few others. But a total of 6 people including two of them died on the way.

The driver escaped after apprehending the fatal truck involved in the accident. A heartbreaking incident took place when the bodies were brought to the Sadar Hospital.

On behalf of Habiganj district administration, the social services department provided financial assistance for the burial of the bodies. Shayestaganj Highway Police Station OC Moinul Haque said the police had filed a case in the incident. The two vehicles involved in the accident are in their custody.

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