Cumilla, Aug 18 (UNB) – At least eight people, including six members of a family, were killed and another was injured as a bus crashed into an auto-rickshaw on Cumilla-Noakhali regional highway at Jamtola in Lalmai upazila on Sunday noon.
The deceased were identified as Jashim Uddin, 47, a hotel owner, his mother Sakhina Begum, 70, wife Selina Begum, 42, two sons—Shipon, 22, and Hridoy, 18, and daughter Nipu Akter, 13, their hotel staff Saimun Hossain hailing from Nangalkot upazila, and auto-rickshaw driver Jamal Hossain, 22, of Laksam upazila in the district.
Family’s youngest member Rifat, 8, who is now the lone one, survived the accident with severe injuries. He was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
The bus smashed the CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 12 pm, leaving five three-wheeler passengers dead on the spot and four others injured, said Md Badrul Alam Talukdar, officer-in-charge of Lalmai Police Station.
Three of the injured died while undergoing treatment at Baghmara Health Complex.
Police recovered the bodies and sent those to Comilla Medical College Hospital morgue.
Jashore, Aug 18 (UNB) - Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive arrested a female hundi trader along with 40,400 US dollars and 13 lakh Indian Rupees from Amrakhali area in Benapole on Saturday night.
The arrestee is Suraiya Begum, 50, wife of Shah Alam, a resident of Uttara area in the capital.
Lt Col Selim Reza, commanding officer of BGB-49 Battalion, said a team led by Nayeb Subedar Md Shahin Mia conducted a drive in a Dhaka-bound bus from Benapole near Amrakhali check post and arrested Suraiya along with the US dollar and Indian Rupees worth Tk 49.94 lakh around 10 pm.
The arrestee was handed over to Benapole port police station.
Kurigram, Aug 17 (UNB) – A 40-foot bridge constructed at a cost of Tk 31 lakh has collapsed in only three months, causing extreme suffering to commuters.
The bridge was constructed over the Abashongami canal at Purba Dhoniram of Fulbari in Kurigram under the ‘15 metre wide and breadth bridge/culvert construction project’ on the rural roads under Disaster and Relief Department.
ATM Dilder Hossain Titu, a contractor of Kurigram old station, built the bridge at a cost of Tk 30.77 lakh. It is being alleged that the bridge collapsed on August 11 this year as it was constructed using low-quality materials, not using rod-cement as per requirement and other irregularities.
Visiting the spot UNB correspondent found that the main structure of the bridge collapsed as the walls flanking the bridge moved away from the main structure, causing it to subside.
“The thin rod became visible from the collapsed portion. At present vehicles cannot move through the bridge. Besides, soil was not applied on both sides of the link road,”alleged locals.
Many local residents including Roich, Shah Alam and Bojle Rahman informed that “the bridge was constructed on a canal having no current”, raising questions as to how the bridge tilted and collapsed.
“The government money was spent to build the bridge in a densely-populated area but to serve the interest of whom,” they said.
Meanwhile, local UP Member Abdul Hamid informed that “the bridge was not constructed as per the estimate which caused the collapse of the bridge.”
“The damage was caused due to removal of soil from under the bridge after the recent flooding,” said Upazila Project Implementation Officer (PIO) Sabuj Kumar Gupta.