At least 16 people have been killed and many others injured in separate road accidents across the country during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
All of the tragic incidents occurred in several districts on Sunday and Monday.
In Nilphamari, nine people, including five teenagers, died and 11 others injured after a pickup truck collided head-on with a bus in Syedpur upazila’s bypass road around 10:30pm on Sunday, police said.
The deceased were identified as: Rubel Islam, 25, Shamim, 17, Rabbi, 14, Khairul Islam, 14, Dalim, 19, Majedul Islam, 15, Moynul, 20, Bidhan Chandra Roy, 25, and Mizanur Rahman, 20.
Syedpur police OC Shahjahan Pasha said the bodies were handed over to their families Monday morning. He said a case would also be filed over the accident.”
The injured were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital and Syedpur 100-bed Hospital, he said.
Police and locals said after colliding with the pickup, the bus had lost control and hit bystanders before the overturning and falling into a roadside ditch. Eight people were killed on the spot.
The pickup was carrying a group of young men coming from a picnic in Dinajpur on the occasion of the Eid, police said.
In Naogaon, an unidentified man in his fifties was killed when his bicycle got hit by a locally-built human haulier in Manda upazila around 4pm on Monday.
Manda police OC Anisur Rahman said the man had died on the spot after being hit from behind by the vehicle at the Haji Govindpur intersection.
Police later recovered his body.
In Magura, a man and his daughter were killed and his wife injured after a bus crashed into a three-wheeler at Krishnapur area of Shalikha upazila around 12:30pm Monday.
The deceased were identified as Mamtaj Ali, 35, and his daughter Sumaiya, 6.
Police said the child had died on the spot after the bus hit the smaller vehicle. Mamtaj and his wife Shapla Begum, 30, were rushed to Magura 250-bed Sadar Hospital with critical injuries.
Mamtaj died there undergoing treatment.
The district’s Assistant Superintendent of Police Soyruddin Ahmed a case was later filed at the local police station over the incident.
In Jhenaidah, a 40-year-old man named Azizur Rahman was killed when a microbus rear-ended his motorcycle in Arappur area of the town around 12pm on Monday.
Fire Service and Civil Defence Station official Dilip Kumar Sarkar said Azizur was returning from Kushtia when the accident took place.
Duty doctors at Jhenaidah Sadar hospital declared him dead after he was rushed there with critical injuries.
In Thakurgaon, two people were killed and at least 30 others injured after a bus and a truck collided head-on in the 29 Mile area on Thakurgaon-Dinajpur Highway on Monday afternoon.
Both victims were members of the Khulna-bound BRTC bus’s staff. They were identified as supervisor Arif Mahmud, 42, and driver’s assistant Abdur Rahim.
While trying to save his life, rescue workers from the Fire Service were forced to cut the right leg of a trapped Rahim to get him out of the wrecked bus. He later died at Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital while undergoing treatment.
Family members of Arif said he succumbed to his injuries while being taken to Rangpur for better treatment.
The other injured were admitted to the same hospital. There of them, with critical injuries, were later referred to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.
In Jamalpur, a policeman was killed and two others critically injured when two CNG-run auto-rickshaws collided head-on on Jamalpur-Mymensingh Highway in Charghat area around 5pm Monday.
The deceased was identified as Helanur Rahman, an assistant sub-inspector attached to the Special Branch of police.
The injured, admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, were yet to be identified.
Jamalpur Sadar police OC Rashedul Islam and family members said Helanur was returning to work in Dhaka from his village home at Melandah upazila after spending the Eid holidays, when he died in the accident.