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Dhaka Tribune

Gopibagh train fire: Passenger jumps from moving train

  • Admitted to burn institute
  • Two others undergoing treatment
Update : 06 Jan 2024, 10:40 AM

Nafis Alam, a 22-year-old youth traveling from Faridpur to Dhaka for work, jumped off a moving train when he witnessed a fire erupting inside the moving train at Gopibagh crossing in the capital Friday night.

Later, with the assistance of a motorcyclist, Nafis reached his friends in Kazipara.

From there, they took him to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery for medical attention. Abdul Alim, a friend of Nafis, confirmed the information at the hospital's emergency department.

Nafis, who holds a diploma in engineering (computer science) from Faridpur Polytechnic Institute, was on his way from Bhanga to Dhaka for a job. He sustained injuries in various parts of his body during the train fire and was brought to the hospital in a burnt condition.

Describing Nafis's injuries, Alim mentioned that his body was completely black, with burns on his throat and the side of his ear. They initially cleaned him at home before bringing him to the hospital.

According to Nafis's friends, he recently secured a job in a software company on January 1. Originally from Bankura village in Faridpur Bhanga, Nafis resides in a mess with five friends in Mirpur’s Kazipara area.

On Thursday, he visited his village home and was on his way back to Dhaka by train from Bhanga on Friday when the train fire incident occurred.

Currently, three individuals, including Nafis, are admitted to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

The other two are Dr Kaushik Biswas, 35, and Asif Md Khan, 30, with Asif's wife tragically losing her life in the train fire.

The burn institute's coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen said that while the burns of the admitted individuals are minor, their airways have been affected. The medical team is providing necessary treatment, and preparations are in place for potential additional patients from the incident site.

At least four people were burned to death as the Benapole Express train caught fire in the capital’s Gopibagh at around 9:05pm on Friday.

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