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PM: Make railway staff better prepared to prevent train accidents

  • Published at 11:07 am November 12th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Krishibid Institution in Farmgate on Friday Focus Bangla

The prime minister expressed deep shock over the Brahmanbaria train accident

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need for making the railway staff better prepared and to be alert to prevent train accidents, particularly during winter.

The prime minister said this while addressing the 34th meeting of the Board of Governors of the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) on Tuesday, reports UNB.

“I do not know exactly why I see rail accidents occurring with the advent of winter, not only in Bangladesh but also throughout the world,” she said.

“Those who work in the railways should be more alert while loco masters need to be provided training as well,” she said expressing deep shock at the casualties in Tuesday's Kasba train accident that left 16 people dead and over 100 injured.

Locals and fire fighters conducting rescue operation at the scene of the accident near Mondobhag Railway Station in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria, in November 12, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneShe said rail communications are supposed to be the safest ones, and that her government is giving importance to this sector.

Describing the accident as very shocking, she said: “We could protect ourselves from a natural disaster like Bulbul, but it is unfortunate that an accident occurred here (Kasba, Brahmanbaria).”

The prime minister said the railways minister has already gone to the spot and all necessary things are being done for the proper rescue operation.

She prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of those who were killed, and early recovery for the injured in the train collision.