• Saturday, Oct 01, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

When luck favours: Not waiting in traffic saves DU student Mahfuz’s life

  • Published at 06:44 pm February 21st, 2019
Mahfuz Anam
Mahfuz Anam Collected

‘I am fortunate to be alive now’

Mahfuz Anam, a 24-year-old master’s student of Political Science at Dhaka University (DU) was going by rickshaw towards Rahmatganj road from campus, using the Churihatta intersection of Chawkbazar on Wednesday. 

“All the vehicles from Urdu Road, Dail Potti, Chawkbazar, Haji Bari and Lalbagh fort roads, were at a standstill at that place around 10pm,” said Mahfuz to Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

There was a huge gridlock as all the vehicles of five roads were stuck trying to cross the intersection.

Seeing no movements of vehicles on the street, Mahfuz left his rickshaw and started walking as his destination was not far away. After walking for five minutes, he heard a huge blast, and electricity in the area went out. 

“People thought that it was the sound of an electric transformer perhaps, but after a while I got to understand that it was something else after noticing fire fumes. I immediately went back towards the place where I got off from the rickshaw. What I saw was a massive fire,” Mahfuz said.

“I was only thinking about the rickshaw puller who brought me there. He (the rickshaw puller) wanted to go home as he had not met his family since last Eid on August 22, last year. The man,  pulling his rickshaw, was expressing grave concern about his children’s studies to me, and that he wanted to give them the opportunity to learn.”

The DU student further said: “I am also thinking about the parents with their newborn child, who were just beside my rickshaw.”

“Somehow luck has favoured me and I am still alive,” Mahfuz added.

“Fire fighting units took at least 30-40 minutes to reach the place, as all the lanes were congested,” Mahfuz further added.  

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail