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B’baria train derailment: Probe body formed

  • Published at 12:25 pm July 1st, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:32 pm July 1st, 2018
The derailed compartments of the train Ujjal Chakraborty

The probe committee is to submit a report to the Railway Ministry within three working days

A five-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the derailment of a freight train near the Shimrailkandi area of Brahmanbaria.

Nine fuel-carrying compartments of a Dhaka-bound freight train went off the track Saturday night, disrupting railway communication on the Dhaka-Chittagong route.

Bangladesh Railway’s East Zone Chief Operation Superintendent Rashida Sultana Gani, who is the in-charge of the management of the rescue operation, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

She said: “The probe committee is to submit a report to the Railway Ministry within three working days.

“The down line was operational all night, but when the rescue trains arrived from Kamalapur and Akhaura, both the up and down lines had to be closed.” 

Rashida said railway communication on the route was completely closed from around 6:30am to 11am, during the rescue operations. 

The down line was reopened and rail communication between Dhaka and Chittagong resumed after the rescue trains left. 

The up line, damaged in the derailment, remains closed but was reopened at around 1:15pm, Brahmanbaria Assistant Station Master Shoaib Ahmed said. 

After the derailment, a leak caused fuel to seep into a nearby pond, causing locals to throng to the spot to collect the fuel. 

Brahmanbaria fire service and police went to the scene to bring the situation under control. They also cordoned off the area to prevent chances of a fire breaking out. 

Later, officials of Brahmanbaria’s district administration inspected the location.