513 people, including 63 children, were killed and 598 injured in 409 road accidents across the country in March
In Comilla, three people lost their lives in a tragic road-mishap, when a speeding truck rammed a rickshaw on the Comilla-Sylhet regional highway early on Saturday morning.
The accident occurred at around 6 am at Mainamati Union of Burichang upazila.
Three people, including a rickshaw-puller and two passengers, died on the spot, eyewitnesses said.
Police said the truck coming from Sylhet hit the rickshaw from behind near the office of the Mainamati Union Parishad.
Two of the deceased were identified as rickshaw-puller Ismail Hossain Sagar of Daklapara village, and passenger Abdul Ahad, a resident of Sahapur area at Juri upazila of Habiganj district.
However, the identity of the third deceased could not be known yet.
Mainamati Highway Police have arrested three people, including the driver and the helper of the truck, in connection with the accident and sent the bodies for post-mortem.
Road accidents in Bangladesh
Road accidents are common in Bangladesh and have been a major cause of death.
During the last Eid-ul-Fitr holiday rush, road accidents claimed 323 lives in just 15 days, according to Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samiti, a human rights body.
Besides, 513 people, including 63 children, were killed and 598 injured in 409 road accidents across the country in March, the Road Safety Foundation said on April 5.
According to the NGO, 147 lives were lost in 138 two-wheeler accidents, which is 28.65% of the total deaths.
In a report released in February 2020, the World Bank pointed out that Bangladesh should invest an estimated $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.
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The report attributed the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads to a lack of investments in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programs.
In Bagerhat, a former Bagerhat district cricket captain passed away on Saturday when a truck and motorcycle were involved in a head-on collision in Jatrapur’s Kulia Dair area.
The deceased Redyanul Islam Ridu, 38, of Kulia Dair area under Jatrapur Union, confirmed Bagerhat Model Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) KM Azizul Islam.
The incident took place at the Jatrapur area at 8am, he was on his way to the to buy bananas on a motorcycle for his own department store. At one point, a truck heading from the opposite direction ran him over. Ridu, who was injured in the incident, was rushed to the emergency room of Bagerhat Sadar Hospital by the driver of the truck himself and with the help of others.
He eventually succumbed to his injuries in his head and chest.
His teammates rushed to the hospital morgue on hearing the news of the death of former Bagerhat district cricketer Redyanur Islam Ridu. Everyone, including Khan Habibur Rahman, general secretary of the Bagerhat District Sports Association, mourned his death.
Bagerhat district cricket coach Shankar Pal Janan, who was in hospital, said Ridu died in a motorbike accident at around 8am. He said that Ridu was one of his trainees in cricket.
Bagerhat Cricket Club became famous for its district level games through its participation in the 1st Division Cricket League.
Later, Ridu was a player in the 1st Division Cricket League at Unmochan Club and most recently at Partex Club in Dhaka.
Sheikh Haider Ali Babu, co-president of the Bagerhat District Sports Association, said Ridu, a cricketer from the Bagerhat district cricket team, was a very clean player. His death caused a lot of damage to Bagerhat district cricket. His role in forming the Bagerhat district team every year was commendable. The Bagerhat District Sports Association extends its condolences to the bereaved family.
Bagerhat Model Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) KM Azizul Islam said locals said cricketer Redyanul Islam Ridu, who was critically injured, died after being admitted to Bagerhat Sadar Hospital. Preparations are underway to file a case in the incident.