Faridpur, Aug 24 (UNB) - At least eight people were killed and 20 others injured after a bus fell off a bridge in Sadar upazila on Saturday afternoon.
Three of the deceased were identified as Habibur Rahman, Faruk Hossain and Asma Akhter.
Further details about them and the identities of the other victims are still awaited.
Superintendent of Police of Faridpur Highway Police Mostafizur Rahman said the Gopalganj-bound bus of ‘Comfort Line’ from Dhaka crashed into the railing of the bridge first at Dhuldi around 2:30pm and plunged into the canal beneath after its driver lost control over the steering while giving passage to a speedy motorcycle.
The accident left six people dead on the spot and 22 others injured, said officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station FM Nasim.
The injured were taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH) where two of them succumbed to their injuries, he said.
Firefighters with the help of locals and police carried out the rescue operation after the accident, said Assistant Deputy Director of Faridpur Fire Service Shawkat Ali.
Top officials of the local administration and local representatives visited the spot.
Local MP and former minister Khandkar Mosharraf Hossain directed the hospital authorities to ensure proper treatment to the injured.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Atul Sarkar said the local administration will bear all the treatment costs of the injured.
Sylhet, Aug 24 (UNB)- A suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Maricha border area of Zakiganj upazila here early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Abdus Shaheed Chhalu, 32, of Dharmadihi village under Baralekha upazila in Moulvibazar.
Mir MdAbdun Naser, officer-in-charge of Zakiganj Police Station, said tipped off that a gang of eight to nine robbers was preparing for committing robbery in the area, a team of police conducted a drive early Saturday.
Sensing the presence of police, the robbers opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back in self-defense, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, police recovered the body of Chhalu from the spot.
There are six robbery and arms cases against Chhalu with Kanaighat, Bianibazar, Golapganj, Balaganj and Moglabazar police stations, the OC added.
Cumilla, Aug 24 (UNB)- At least 18 new patients were admitted with dengue to Cumilla Medical College Hospital and other hospitals here in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning.
Dr Mujibur Rahman, district civil surgeon, said 961 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals till Saturday morning and only 60 of them are undergoing treatment while the rest went home after recovery.
All the patients were affected by dengue fever while staying in the capital, Dr Mujibur added.
He said a special ward has been opened at Cumilla Medical College Hospital for the treatment of dengue-infected patients.
At least 1,446 new patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till Friday morning across the country, according to Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The government has so far confirmed 47 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.
Currently, 6,035 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics. Of them, 3,411 have been hospitalised in the capital and 2,624 around the country.
Since the beginning of the year, 61,038 patients with dengue were admitted to the hospitals across the country till Friday morning while 54,956 among them went home after recovery.