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3 motorcyclists killed in Gopalganj road accident

  • Published at 12:19 pm March 20th, 2019
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Motorcycle wreckage after an accident at Vennabari rail crossing on the Gopalganj-Barni road in Gopalganj on Tuesday, march 20, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Locals claim the accident was caused by the railway crossing gateman's negligence

Three motorcyclists, including a college student, have been killed after being hit by a train at a level crossing in Gopalganj.

The incident took place at the Vennabari rail crossing on the Gopalganj-Barni road, of the district's sadar upazila, around 11:30pm on Tuesday.

The deceased are Raju Shikder, 25, from the Islambagh area of Gopalganj city; and Tanvir Chowdhury Rocky, 19, a college student from Mohammadpara area of the city, and Lebu Mollah, 25.

Locals said a train leaving Rajshahi was on its way towards Gobra Railway Station, of Gopalganj sadar—after dropping off passengers—when it hit motorcyclists who were trying to traverse the rail crossing, and killed them on spot. 

Md Abul Kalam, a resident of Vennabari village, claimed that the accident occurred because there was no gateman near the crossing to provide signals regarding the approaching train. The gateman did not fulfill his duties properly.

Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, Gopalganj police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Abdul Barek said: "We went to the spot upon receiving information about the accident around 6:30am, and sent their bodies to Gopalganj General Hospital.

Gopalganj Fire Service and Civil Defence Station Officer Nur Mohammad Shikder said they directed the rescue mission and found that the bodies were severely injured, some with severe head wounds.

Gopalganj Railway Station's Station Master Md Aynal Hossain said: "The people who work inside the station are under my responsibility. However, the train's Rajbari Engineering Department will be able to provide more information about the gatemen."

Rajbari Engineering Department AEN Engineer Abdul Hanif said: "We have never received complaints regarding negligence of duty by the level crossing gateman. We are receiving complaints now because an accident has occurred."

"We will form a probe committee to investigate the matter, and take legal action against the gateman if he is proven guilty," he added.