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247 killed in accidents during Eid

  • Published at 05:44 pm June 12th, 2019
President of the Passenger Rights Council, Brigadier GM Kamrul Islam addresses a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

664 have been wounded in the accidents during the Eid-time rush

Total 247 people have been killed in 212 accidents on rail, road, and waterways from May 30 to June 10;the number of wounded in these accidents is 664.

“Travelling during Eid has been comfortable this year due to the government’s strategic approach and rationing system of leave; death, accidents and injury have fallen,” President of the Passenger Rights Council, Brigadier GM Kamrul Islam said on Wednesday.

The vehicles involved in the accidents are: 63 buses, 38 covered vans, 19 micro-buses, 30 Nasimon-Karimon, Easy bikes, 64 motorcycles and 26 other vehicles. 

The main causes of the accidents were the Eid time rush, driving unfit vehicles, and use of inexperienced drivers.

The organisation also unveiled 10 recommendations to reduce accidents which include using skilled drivers, controlling the speed of vehicles on highways, introduction of ration-based leave, fitness of vehicles done through digital system, and banning of locally-made three wheelers like Nasimon, Karimon from highways.