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Train set on fire in Sylhet

  • No casualty was reported
  • The incident took place around 9:30pm
Update : 23 Nov 2023, 01:17 AM

A group of miscreants set fire to a coach of the intercity Upaban Express, which was parked at Sylhet railway station on Wednesday night. 

The incident took place around 9:30pm. 

Sylhet Fire Service Deputy Director Moniruzzaman confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

On information, two units of the fire service rushed to the spot. 

Firefighters were trying to douse the fire after an hour.

No casualty was reported from the incident, he said.

After visiting the spot, Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Elias Sharif said that from what police have seen so far, it's an act of sabotage.

Mentioning that it's just another form of fire terrorism, the police officer said the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami parties are carrying out sabotage in the name of hartal and blockade, reports UNB.

“They are damaging state resources and harassing people. We will nab them and bring them under law immediately,” he added.

Earlier on Sunday, at least ten people including four women were injured as miscreants set fire to two compartments of the Jamuna Express train, which was parked at Jamalpur's Sarishabari railway station.

On Thursday, a group of miscreants set fire to the commuter train standing at Gharinda railway station in Tangail. Two compartments of the train were completely burnt and one was partially damaged. 

According to the fire service, a total of 197 arson attacks were reported across the country between October 28 and Monday across the country.

Out of 197 arson attacks across the country, 132 attacks were reported in Dhaka division including in Dhaka city, 22 in Chittagong, 24 in Rajshahi, seven in Barisal, seven in Rangpur, two in Khulna, two in Mymensingh division, one in Sylhet division.

According to the statistics, the highest, 29, arson attacks were carried out on October 28.

While most of the arson violence occurred in areas under the two Dhaka city corporations, the Fire Service says it did not receive any such report in 30 districts.

A total of 1,888 members of 341 firefighting units worked to douse the fire across the country during this period.

On 28 October, both the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami called rallies in the capital which were marred by violence.

Many vehicles were torched and two people died, including a police constable.

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