Dhaka, Bangladesh
Cruise boat, road crashes kill 12

Cruise boat, road crashes kill 12

6 drown in Rangamati, as many die in Gopalganj collision

News Report: At least 12 people were killed and scores injured in cruise boat capsize in Rangamati and road accidents across the country Friday. Five people drowned as a tourist speedboat sank in Kaptai Lake in the hill district of Rangamati. Deputy Commissioner AKM Mamunur Rashid gave Tk 20,000 for each family for their burial. "The local administration banned the use of roof of tourist boat after the accident," Superintendent of Police Alamgir Kabir told The News Today. The engine-run boat was heading towards Shuvolong from the DC Bungalow area on Friday morning when the disaster struck, said police. Identities of the dead could not be known immediately but it is believed that they were all employees of Pacific Jeans Garments in Chattogram. The bodies were brought to Rangamati General Hospital, said its resident physician Shawkat Akbar. Rangamati's Additional Superintendent of Police Sufi Ullah also confirmed the deaths. In a separate mishap the same day, a picnic boat of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness capsized in the Karnaphuli River in Kaptai Upazila. About 50 passengers of the boat were pulled to safety after the incident but three went missing. They are 'Binoy', 5, Tumpa Majumdar, 30, and 'Deblila', 10. "We've come to know that three people are missing in a separate incident in Kaptai. The local administration is continuing rescue work," said ASP Sufi. Another tragedy struck another group of working people in a road crash in a different district. At least five people were killed and seven injured in the accident in Gopalganj's Kashiani upazila on Friday morning. The victims were identified as Bodir, 30, Mizan Fakir, 43, Sumon, 28, Sirazul Islam, 40, and Robiul, 40, all residents of Parulia area of Kashiani. The incident took place around 8am on the Dhaka-Khulna highway in Pona Bus Stand area, said Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Kashiani Police Station. The accident occurred in the area as a Dhaka-bound bus of Falguni Paribahan rammed into a three-wheeler (Nosimon) coming from the opposite direction carrying day-labourers, leaving one dead on the spot and 11 others seriously injured. Four of them died on way to the Kashiani Upazila Health Complex and Faridpur Medical College Hospital. The seven injured were admitted to hospitals. Meanwhile, one of the three children missing since an overcrowded tourist boat sank in Karnaphuli River was found dead on Friday. Divers of fire service recovered the body of Deblila, 10, around 4pm, said Ashraf Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Chandraghona Police Station. Divers were searching for other missing passengers - Binoy, 5, and Tumpa Majumdar, 3. The children had gone missing after the boat sank around 11am, said Sufi Ullah, Additional Superintendent of Police. In Jamalpur, one person was killed and two others were injured in a road mishap in Islampur Upazila of the district Friday morning. The deceased was identified as Delu Miah, 35, son of Shamsul Miah at village Kharma Bazar in Dewanganj Upazila of the district. Police said the accident occurred when a bicycle collided head-on with a motorcycle at around 11.30 am Friday. Delu Miah was rushed to Islampur Health Complex, where the attending doctors declared him dead. Critically injured Sundar Ali and Zamil were sent to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital. A case was filed with Islampur police station in this connection. In Rangamati, one person was killed and at least 30 others were injured after a picnic bus overturned in Rangamati Sadar area on Friday morning. The identity of casualties could not be known yet. In Kushtia, at least 40 people, including 37 students and two teachers of Islamic University, were injured in a road crash at Bittipara in Sadar upazila early Friday. The two teachers were identified as assistant professors of Management Department of the University Dhananjoy Kumar and Murshid Alam. The accident took place around 1:30 am when a bus carrying the students and teachers crashed into a roadside tree after hitting a stationary truck while heading towards the university from Naogaon, leaving 40 people injured, said Jahangir Arif, officer-in-charge of Islamic University Police Station. Twelve of the injured, including the bus driver, were sent to General Hospital while the others to the University Medical Centre. The IU students and teachers went to Naogaon on fieldwork on Wednesday.

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