Munshiganj, Sept 19 (UNB) – An accident on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway left two motorcyclists dead on Thursday morning.
The deceased were identified as Zakir Hossain, 24, son of Mostafa; and Mohammad Miraz, 18, son of Mannan of Haziganj upazila of Chandpur.
Police said the accident took place at Alipura in Gazaria upazila.
Kabir Hossain Khan, in-charge of Bhaberchar Highway police camp, said Zakir and Miraz were critically injured when their motorbike skidded off the road after hitting a road island.
They were taken to Bhaberchar Upazila Health Complex where doctors pronounced Zakir dead and shifted Miraz to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Miraz was pronounced dead when he was taken to DMCH.
Narayanganj, Sept 19 (UNB) - A woman and her two daughters were hacked to death by miscreants at Siaikhoa in Siddhirganj upazila on Thursday morning.
The deceased were identified as Nasrin, 28, wife of Sumon Mia; and their daughters - Nusrat, 6, and Khadiza, 2.
Azizul Haque, inspector (investigation) of Siddhirganj Police Station, the incident took place at the fourth floor of a seven-story building.
Police recovered the bodies after being informed by Sumon and sent them to a local hospital.
Another victim was rescued from the spot and admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with stab wounds.
Manikganj, Sept 18 (UNB) – More than 100 students of a school at Shaturia in the district fell sick after being forced to clean the schoolyard under the hot sun on Wednesday.
Locals informed that teachers of the Dorgram Bohumukhi High School asked their students to clean the schoolyard after they did PT there around 10 in the morning. At this time, when some students declined, the teachers caned some students. Then out of fear other students started cleaning the yard.
At one point, while following the teachers’ instructions, suddenly 10 to 15 students lost consciousness and eventually over 100 students fell sick. Afterwards, they were admitted to Shaturia Upazila Health Complex and provided treatment.
Being agitated over the incident after news spread, guardians and students of the school put the headmaster’s room under lock and key. Being informed, police rushed to the scene and brought the situation under control.
Billal Hossain, a guardian, said that “All the students fell sick as the students were asked to clean the field amid severe hot weather”.
Another guardian Mojibor Rahman said “The teachers resorted to inhuman behavior. There is no regulation to clean field in this way. Some students who declined to clean the field, were caned.”
The guardians demanded punishment of the teachers for the misdeed.
M Siddiqur Rahman, headmaster of Dorgram Bohumukhi High School, over cell phone, said that “On many occasions the students clean dirt including pieces of paper. However, due to severe hot weather today, many of them fell sick.” He claimed that the students were not forced to clean the yard.
Shaturia Upazila Education Officer M Mohiuddin said that the incident is being investigated.
Mamunur Rashid, Shaturia Upazila Health and Family Welfare Officer, said “The girl students fell sick following heat stroke due to severe hot weather and dehydration. They have been provided with necessary saline and medicine. The students are recovering from the illness gradually.”
Panchagarh, Sept 18 (UNB) – Two minors drowned in ponds near their homes as the ‘Silent Killer’ of Bangladeshi children struck the Sadar Upazila of the district on Wednesday.
One of the deceased Tajimuddin, 4, was the son of Saiful Islam, former member of Dolopara area under Chalhat union of Sadar Upazila of the district.
The other victim, one-and-half years old Jannatul Ferdous, was the daughter of businessman Rezaul Islam of Bokshipara area of the same union.
Local people and family members informed that Tajimuddin while playing fell into a pond adjacent to their house at noon. The locals recovered the body after about three hours.
On the other hand, Jannatul Ferdous also fell in to a pond near their home. Family members after recovering her body from the pond immediately took her to Panchagarh Modern Sadar Hospital where the attending physician declared her dead.
A 2017 study published in esteemed medical journal The Lancet said drowning accounts for an astonishing 43 percent of all deaths in the 1-4 age group in Bangladesh.
Unicef quotes a survey by the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) that says over 18,000 Bangladeshis aged 1-18 die of drowning each year – more than 50 each day.
Most of the deaths occur among unsupervised children between one and five years old in ponds that are very close to their homes. Seventy-five percent of drownings were found to happen within 65 feet of home. Sixty percent of the victims drown between 9am and 1pm, when older siblings are at school and mothers are preparing food, gathering wood and water, or tending to crops.
The pattern is present in the deaths of Tamijuddin and Jannat also. Chaklahat Union Parishad Chairman M Farhad Hossain confirmed the deaths of the two children.
But their deaths hardly capture the nation’s attention as say road accidents or some diseases do, leading some experts to call drowning ‘a silent killer’.
Sirajganj, Sept 18 (UNB) – A child died after reportedly falling into an electric trap set for catching foxes at Faridpur village of Salonga upazila here on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Amena Khatun, 5, daughter of Alamin of the village.
Abdul Jabbar, local union parishad chairman, said one Abdus Sattar set an electric trap at his chicken farm in the village to catch foxes on Wednesday.
The accident took place when Amena and another child, who were playing just beside the trap, came in touch with a live wire.
Amena died on the spot while the other girl managed to survive the accident, Jabbar added.