A recent World Bank report says annual road crash deaths per capita in Bangladesh are twice the average rate for high-income countries and five times that of the best performing countries in the world.
Nirapad Sarak Chai, a road safety advocacy group, in a report said that 5,227 people were killed in 4,702 road accidents in Bangladesh last year.
The WB report said Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated extra $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.
A private organisation inaugurated two Manipuri language learning centres in Sylhet on Friday on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.
The Nayabazar Manipuri Language Learning Centre and Laldighipar Manipuri Language Learning Centre are located in Nayabazar Khushighat of the city.
Cultural personality and Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangsth Sylhet divisional President Onil Krishna Singh presided over the programme while Manipuri student Dipika Singh coordinated it.
Singh said he had a desire to set up Manipuri language centre in the city and eventually he made it possible with the support of the people. “The language centres have been established to save the Manipuri language,” he said.
Two schoolboys were killed after a truck rammed the motorbike they were riding in Baromaisa area in Nokla upazila here on Friday.
The deceased were identified as seventh grader Maruf Mia, 13, son of Abdul Hakim, and eighth grader Hamidul Islam, 15, son of Selim Mia of the upazila.
Mohammad Alamgir Hossain Shah, officer-in-charge of Nokla Police Station, said the truck rammed the motorbike coming from the opposite direction in the area at around 12pm, leaving Maruf dead on the spot and Hamidul severely injured.
Hamidul was taken to Nokla Upazila Health Complex and then shifted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, the OC added.
The OC also said police arrested Md Forhad Ali, the helper of the truck, and a case was filed in this connection .
Two suspected robbers were killed in a reported gunfight with police early Friday in Palpara area in Sadar upazila.
The deceased were identified as Arifuzzaman Emon, son of Akhtaruzzaman of Vatpara area and Jahangir, son of Miru Mia of Araiora area in the upazila.
Porimol Das, sub-inspector of DB police, said tipped-off that the robber gang was preparing for committing robbery in the area, Kotowali Thana police and DB police jointly went to the spot to conduct a drive.
As soon as the law enforcers reached the spot, the robbers opened fire forcing them to fire back in self defence that triggered a gunfight, he added.
SI Porimol said police recovered bullet-injured two robbers from the spot and took them to Cumilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
A LG gun, shells of five rounds of bullets, two daggers, and a knife were recovered from the spot, he added.
There were seven to eight cases including that of murder against the deceased.
The prime suspect for the killing of a seven-year-old girl after rape was killed in a reported gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) of police in Harishpur Natunpara area of Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
The deceased was identified as Tariqul alias Saddam, 38, son of Noman of Charbagdanga in the upazila.
Tipped off that Tariqul was fleeing to India through Bakchar border, a DB team arrested him from the area around 6pm, said Fazal-e-Khuda, additional superintendent of police.
The detectives took him to Harishpur Natunpara area around 7:30pm to arrest two other accused, he said.
As soon as they reached the area, Tariqul’s associates opened fire on police forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight, the additional SP said.
Police found Tariqul lying on the ground with bullet wounds and took him to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 9pm, he said, adding that a pistol, five bullets and a magazine were recovered from the spot.
On Monday, Rima, daughter of Ruhul Amin of the village, went missing and she was found dead at a bamboo cluster at Manik Hajirtola village in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
Police said she was killed after rape.
Quoting the victim’s family, he said Rima went missing after she went out of their house on Monday afternoon for play. Later, victim’s family lodged a general diary in this regard.