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Eid Holidays: BJKS-BRTA at loggerheads over number of road accident victims

  •  295 killed in 254 road accidents, BRTA says
  •  407 killed, 1398 injured in 399 road accidents, BJKS says


Update : 21 Apr 2024, 10:42 PM

The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has claimed the road accident statistics during Eid holidays published by the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS) as misleading, however, Jatri Kalyan Samity claims that BRTA is misleading the government by publishing wrong information.

The BRTA released the statistics including the number of road accidents and fatalities during this year's Eid holidays in a press conference on Sunday.

BRTA Chairman Noor Mohammad Majumdar said that the information provided by private organizations on road accidents during Eid is misleading. According to published statistics, 295 people have died in 254 road accidents across the country on Eid holidays. At least 405 people were injured in these accidents.

Among them, 127 people were killed and 206 injured in 118 road accidents across the country in seven days from April 4 to April 10 before Eid. Some 18 people are killed and 29 people are injured in an average of 17 accidents per day.

After Eid, 166 people were killed and 233 injured in 149 road accidents in 9 days from April 12 to April 20. 18 people are killed and 26 people are injured in an average of 17 accidents per day.

Meanwhile, 295 people were killed in motorcar/jeep accidents, 24 in bus/minibus accidents, 44 in truck/covered van accidents, 23 in pickup trucks accidents, 8 in microbus accidents, 115 in motorcycle accidents, 5 in van accidents, 9 in easy bike accidents, 8 people died in battery operated rickshaw accidents, 19 people died in auto rickshaw accidents and 32 people died in other vehicle accidents.

In 2024, the number of accidents and deaths during Eid increased by 18.75% compared to last year's Eid.

At the end of the press conference, BRTA chairman Noor Mohammad Majumdar said: "From May onwards, we will take a stricter stance against vehicles without fitness."

Statistics of Eid-centered road accidents published by BJKS on Saturday show that the number of deaths on Eid roads has increased by 24.08% compared to last year.

From April 4 to April 18, 407 people were killed and 1398 were injured in 399 road accidents. 328 people were killed and 565 injured in 304 road accidents during Eid-ul-Fitr last year 2023.

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