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Dhaka Tribune

Traffic constable burnt alive in capital

Update : 24 Dec 2013, 08:57 PM

A constable of traffic police was burnt alive and two other constables sustained burn injuries as unidentified criminals set the vehicle there were in on fire by pouring petrol in the capital’s Bangla Motor intersection late last night.

The arson attack came hours after BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia announced the Dhaka March programme for December 29 from a press conference and the 83-hour fifth spell of the opposition-sponsored countrywide blockade ended.

Witnesses said a group of several men, two riding a motorcycle, set the requisitioned bus on fire around 11:15pm.

The bus was on its way to Rajarbagh carrying the three policemen.

The criminals also exploded 10-12 crude bombs in the area before fleeing the scene, witnesses said.

The deceased was constable Md Ferdous. The injured constables are Faizur Rahman and Bayezid Ahmed, who was driving the requisitioned bus. All of them were between the age of 40 and 45.

Fredous was burnt to death on the spot while Faizur and Bayezid were taken to the Rajarbagh Police Lines Hospital in critical conditions and were later shifted to the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Kongkon Mondol, an employee of the Dhaka Tribune, said he had seen the bus was burning under the foot over bridge at the Bangla Motor intersection. Vehicular movement remained suspended in the area until filing of this report.

Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh police station, said: “We are trying to identify and arrest the criminals, who set the bus on fire.”

Fire Service and Civil Defence officials said it took two firefighting units to douse the fire.

Since October 27, at least 14 people have been killed in arson attacks while around 132 people have taken treatment from the burn and plastic surgery unit of the DMCH.  

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