Jashore, Sept 18 (UNB) – ‘Path Pathshala’, an educational institution with a different approach of learning, is working for raising consciousness among children and residents living nearby rail lines in Naoapara municipality area of Abhoynagar upazila, aiming a clean and enlightened locality.
“I swear I will never throw stone on running train; if anyone does I will prohibit him, I will never tell a lie; if anyone does, I will convince him not to tell a lie; I will behave well with my parents and relatives; Amin” it’s the oath of students of ‘Path Pathshala’.
With the slogan “Build clean and safe Naoapara”, ‘Path Pathshala’ established a school for the street children, where the authority distributes educational materials and food among the students for free of cost.
Their activities include cleaning garbage on own initiative, giving health care services through free medical camps and so on.
The idea of Pathpathsala brought forth from the memory of late Shikder Bayezid, a former traffic inspector of Bangladesh Railway West Zone who sustained critical injuries on 18 May 2018 after a stone was thrown to a running train and later succumbed to the injuries at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on 30 July.
While taking to UNB, the main initiator of ‘Path Pathshala’ journalist Sunil Das said, “The incident of Shikder Bayezid made me thinking about identifying whose people who throw stones toward running train and also what could be a solution.”
At first he made a call on social media site Facebook and got some response, he said adding, “But later on, I have got responses from Naoapara Press Club, Daily Naoapara, Udhichi, Biva, Duprok Abhoynagar, Naoapara Literature Cultural Council, Naoapara Journalists Welfare Association and Renessa beside me and form the Path Pathshala untidily.”
‘Path Pathshala’ was founded on May 29, 2018, with 45 students and now it has over 150 students in three branches.
Hoping more participation with such awareness activities, Naoapara Municipality Mayor Susanto Kumar Das said, “It’s a beautiful initiative. A large portion of the municipality works could be reduced if everyone came forward.”
Talking about the hurling incidents, local physician Dr Shivpad Shuvo said that throwing stones to a moving train might be caused to disablement or death of own relatives.
“Therefore, the activities on public awareness have been initiated by the locals. It is very important to bring it on the verge of success,” he added.
Path Pathshala also created awareness among the students who join the school and those children who used to throw stones on moving train are now trying to stop themselves from such hateful works after taking the oath, several locals told this UNB correspondent.
Bithi Gayen, daughter of Shwapan Gayen, who lives in a platform of Taltola Railway Station and a regular student of the pathshala, said, “We are learning many things including morality, drawing and singing at the school.”
Bithi also said that she will abstain herself and others from telling lies, hurling stones toward a moving train, smoking and begging, etc.
Rakib Khan, Shahin Bhuiyan, Asif Billah, Tamimul Islam, Lamia, Iva, Muhit Khan, Noyon Mazumdar, Gopal, Israt Zahan, Tazmina Khatun and many other students of ‘Path Pathshala’ expressed their excitement saying that they have learnt many new things from the classes.
They think that such an educational institution will make their future bright as well as help them to make their lives easier.
Benapole, Sept 18 (UNB) – Customs intelligence detained a man along with five gold bars from Benapole check post on Tuesday morning.
The detainee was identified as Masudur Rahman, 45, son of Abdul Khaleq, hailing from Cumilla district.
Nipun Chakma, assistant director of Benapole Customs, said that over suspicions, a team of customs intelligence searched Masudur’s body and recovered the god bars weighing half kilogram worth Tk 1.15 lakh.
Laxmipur, Sept 18 (UNB) – A young man was hacked to death allegedly by his father in Madhupur area under Raipur municipality here on Monday night over a family feud.
The deceased was identified as Md Sagor, 28, son of Belayet Hossain Bhuiyan of the area.
Quoting locals, Solaiman Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Raipur Police Station, said there had been a dispute between the father and son over the son’s several marriages without getting permission from the family.
Sagor locked into a brawl with his father over the issue around 10 pm, the OC said.
At one stage, Belayet hacked Sagor indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Laxmipur Sadar Hospital for an autopsy.
Besides, police in a drive arrested the killer father.
Gazipur, Sept 18 (UNB) – Police recovered the throat-slit bodies of a woman and a madrasa student from Jugitola area in the city on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Muhmuda Akhter Smrity, 21, wife of Ibrahim Khalil, director of Huffazul Quran Madrasa and student Mamun, 7, a student of the madrasa.
Moktar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bashan Police Station, said Ibrahim Khalil and his wife used to live inside the madrasa.
Ibrahim spotted the bodies after returning home after Fazar prayer and informed police, said the OC.
The details about the killing could not be known immediately.
Shariatpur, Sept 17 (UNB) – Some 60 families have been rendered homeless due to the continuous erosion by the mighty river Padma at different points in Naria upazila on Sunday and Monday.
With the latest ones, some 6,000 families under three unions of the upazila have been rendered homeless due to the scourge of riverbank erosion in the last three months. Besides, several thousand acres of croplands have been devoured by the river as the erosion has taken a serious turn in the upazila.
Locals are expecting some respite in the current spate of erosion of Padma river in Naria upazila due to rise of water and slow current in the river but they also feared that if the river water started to recede again than the erosion may take serious turn again.
Sources said erosion takes a worse turn in Mokterer char, Kedarpur, Gharshar union of Naria upazila, Naria municipality and Kunderchar union of Jajira upazila, rendering 8,000 families homeless.
The affected people were seen shifting their homesteads and business establishments in safer places.
Several hundred people were seen searching shelter and many families are living under the open sky for lack of accommodations.
Manir Hossain of Banshtala village and Shubatra Rani Pal of Daspara village said “At first we have lost our croplands and the river has started to devour our houses though we have shifted the valuables and furniture from the houses but could not relocate the houses. Now we are passing ours days under the open sky.”
Sanzida Islam, UNO of Naria upazila, said already the local administration has been taking preparation for sheltering the affected homeless people. She said dry foods, tin sheds and rice were distributed among the affected people.
The government also took an initiative to disburse tin and cash among the affected people.