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Landslide kills three more Sylhet quarry workers

  • Published at 06:27 am February 10th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:11 pm February 10th, 2017
Landslide kills three more Sylhet quarry workers
Two of the deceased are Tula Mia, 25, and Zakir Hossain,28, hailing from the sadar upazila of Sunamganj, a neighbouring district of Sylhet, while the other victim is Parimal Sarker, 26, of Khaliajuri upazila of Netronoka. The quarry owner sent the bodies of Tula Mia and Zakir secterly to their village homes at dawn, but Sunamganj sadar police, on information, recovered them and prepared inquest reports.
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Sunamganj police station's sub-inspector Pabitra Kumar Sinha said they recovered the bodies when the families of the deceased were preparing burial in secret. Sunamganj police later on informed the matter to Gowainghat police, leading to a visit at the crime scene. However, the third body could not be recovered until the filing of the report at 7:30pm. The two bodies were finally sent to an autopsy at Sunamganj Sadar Hospital. Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Gowainghat police station, said after part of a hillock collapsed, a chunk of earth fell on the trio workers while lifting stones from the quarry at the wee hours of Friday morning, causing them to die.
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Claiming that the lifting of stones from the quarry was approved at court, Delwar said the incident was resulted from manual method of stone lifting coupled with carelessness. In another development, Sylhet's superintendent of police Md Maniruzzaman visited the spot later in the day, asking his fellow officers to lake legal action against the quarry owner, the employer of the labourers and also those who tried to conceal the matter making the bodies disappeared. [caption id="attachment_45906" align="alignnone" width="690"]bichhanakandi2 In this quarry at Bichhanakandi tourist spot in Sylhet’s Kulumchhora area, a landslide killed three labourers while lifting stones at the wee hours of Friday morning. Dhaka Tribune [/caption] He also ordered the OC to find out Parimal's body by Friday evening. However, even hours after the news of the deaths surfaced, police could not detain anybody in this connection. On February 23, five workers lost their lives while digging a quarry on Shah Arpin Tila (hillock) at Companyganj upazila in this form of accident which saw at least 23, including the latest three, die in recent years in the area.
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Victims' families in grief

The deaths of the labourers appeared as a deep shock to their families, leaving them grief-stricken and speechless. They fear that their future has already started hanging in balance through the fatalities since the accident shattered their hopes killing the trio. [caption id="attachment_45913" align="alignnone" width="690"]bichhanakandi3 Grief-stricken and speechless families of the landslide victims. Dhaka Tribune [/caption] Tula Mia's mother Maimuna Khatun said he was the second among her three sons and the only bread earner of their family.
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Nazir Mia, the father of slain Zakir, said the latter took a job in the quarry a week ago and returned home dead. Demanding justice for the dead, their relatives alleged that the quarry owners, commonly, right away bury the bodies if anybody dies at work. They don't even compensate the victims' families, they said, adding, the bodies remain traceless in most of the cases.
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