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13 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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247 killed in accidents during Eid rush, says report

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Total 287 people were killed and 664 others suffered injuries in accidents during Eid journeys on road, rail and waterways, a passenger welfare body said yesterday. Of them, a total of 221 people were killed in road crashes across the country during the 12 days of Eid season, the new platform ‘Jatri Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad’ said.

The platform Jatri Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad—The Passengers Rights Protection Council—revealed the data while  publishing its ‘Eid Journeys’ road accidents report-2019 at a press conference held at Zahur Hossain Chowdhury hall of  the National Press Club. According to their report, only on the highways, a total of 652 people were injured and 375 suffered physical disabilities in the accidents. While unveiling the data, Brig Gen (retd) GM Quamrul Islam, president of the platform, said the council prepared the report based on the media reports published from May 30 to June 10.  The council also took information from the national orthopedic hospital to prepare the report.

In his written speech, Kamrul Islam said that 5.5 crore people return home on the occasion of Eid. Total 221 people were killed on the highways for 12 days from May 30 to June 10.

He said 63 buses, 38 truck-covered vans and pickups, 19 cars-micro, 30 human haulers (Nasiman-Kariman), 64 motorcycles and 26 other vehicles were involved in these accidents.

Excess pressure during Eid rush, drivers’ tendency to race on the highways, over speeding, contracted drivers, and slow vehicles are some of the reasons that have been mentioned as the potential causes for accidents in their report.  The organisation also unveiled ten recommendations to reduce accidents which include, using skilled drivers, controlling the speed of vehicles on highways, introduction of ration-based leave, fitness of vehicles done through digital system and banning of locally-made three wheelers like Nasimon, Karimon from highways.

 

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