Burying their father, they were returning to Chittagong from their ancestral village in Sreemangal by Udayan Express, one of the two ill-fated passenger trains that collided
Sumon, Emon, Sumi, Mim four siblings lost their mother, Zaheda Begum, in on Tuesday's train accident, just a day after attending the burial of their father, Muslim Mia, killed in an accident at a ship breaking yard.
Burying their father, they were returning to Chittagong from their ancestral village in Sreemangal by Udayan Express, one of the two ill-fated passenger trains that collided.
Still grieving the tragic loss of their father, the four siblings lost their mother too. Zaheda Begum died on the spot in a head on collision of two trains in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria.
“We were returning home to Chittagong after burying my father beside the graves of my grandparents,” said Emon, an eleventh grade student.
Emon and his sister Sumi also suffered injuries in the train accident, one of the worst in recent years in Bangladesh.
Emon, during the train collision, suddenly felt a severe jolt followed by immense pain in his entire body with something heavy falling on his body. Immediately after, he noticed his older sister lying on the floor of the train wailing for help.
He failed to help her, with himself in pain. A little while afterwards, some people came to their rescue.
Like them, many other train passengers, male and female, young and old, lost their near and dear ones in the predawn accident that also left scores injured.
With stitches on her head, a two year old injured baby girl, Mahima, was wailing on the premises of Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital to go back to her mother’s lap, but little did she know that her mother Kakoli had already died in the accident.
Luckily, baby Mahima escaped death while her mother died on the collision spot. They were returning to their village in Chandpur.
“They went to Sylhet to offer prayers at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal. Kakoli and Mahima and other relatives went there on board the Udayan Express train,” said her father Moin Uddin in the hospital.
Another couple - Muzibor Rahman, 50, and his wife Kulsum Begum, 42, died in Tuesday's train mishap with their three children witnessing their parents’ death helplessly.
The whole family was on the same train and returning to their home town of Chandpur. They were living in Sreemangal in Moulvibazar.
At their village, relatives were seen waiting in despair.
There was a gathering of thousands of people, on the Barek Government Primary School grounds, waiting to receive their relatives’ dead bodies.
Of them, Istia, and her only daughter, one year old Isha, were waiting to receive her husband’s dead body.
Isha, almost unable to feel her father’s death, was wailing, probably just seeing the crowd. But Istia was speechless, and staring at the crowd.
Her husband, Abu Yusuf, was off to visit them.
Yusuf’s nephew Tajuddin said: “He [Yusuf] was going to join his cousin’s wedding. He was to take his daughter and wife with him from Chittagong to celebrate the occasion together.”
And there are stories of a father not being able to save his son lying on his lap, but watching him die in the train collision.
Yasin, 12, was sleeping on his father’s lap, on the Udayan Express train, said Yasin’s uncle Mujibur Rahman.
“We were sleeping at that time. We did not know what happened. My nephew died on my brother’s lap,” said Mojibur Rahman, who was on the same train.
Injured in collision
Munna, 20, was a resident of Shayestaganj in Habiganj district.
He is in pain with a fractured right leg. Munna was going to Cox’s Bazar to vacation with his friends.
Mirza Saifuddin Saikat, another victim, had gone to his relative’s house in Sylhet in search of a job.
During his return from his house in Noakhali, the train accident left him injured with bruises in different parts of his body, including his mouth.