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3 Palli Bidyut officials suspended, 1 fired over fatal electrocution of Moulvibazar family

  • Probe committees formed
  • Incident took place on March 26
Update : 03 Apr 2024, 12:12 PM

Three officials of the Palli Bidyut Samity, also known as Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB), have been suspended for negligence in the death of six family members due to electrocution in East Goalbari village of Juri upazila in Moulvibazar.

Besides, one employee has been terminated by higher authorities.

ABM Mizanur Rahman, general manager of the Rural Electrification Board, Moulvibazar, confirmed the information on Tuesday night.

The suspended officials are Sohel Rana Chowdhury, deputy general manager of Barlekha Office overseeing electricity supply in East Goalbari, Assistant General Manager Ashraful Huda, and Rezaul Karim Talukder, in charge of the Juri Office.

Sohel Rana Chowdhury has been reassigned to the supervising engineer's office in Sylhet, Ashraful Huda to Comilla, and Rezaul to Barisal. The dismissed employee is apprentice lineman Md Ashiq Mia.

According to local sources, speech-impaired day labourer Faizur Rahman, 52, lived with his family in a tin shed on land belonging to Rahmat Ali in East Ragwalbari village. The area had an 11,000-volt power line passing overhead.

Early morning on March 26, a lightning storm caused a nearby power line to snap, electrifying the house. Family members attempted to flee but were electrocuted.

Foyzur Rahman, 52, a rickshaw-van puller, his wife Shiri Begum, 45, daughters Samia Begum, 15, Sabina Begum, 13, and son Sayem Mia, 8, died on the spot.

Another daughter, Sonia, sustained severe burns and succumbed to her injuries at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka.

ABM Mizanur Rahman said that the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) took disciplinary action based on a letter signed by Ekramul Hasan, director of the Human Resource Department. The action took effect from April 1.

A five-member committee, led by Chief Engineer Biswanath Sikder, was formed to investigate the accident. The committee recommended disciplinary action against the four officials and employees involved. Further investigation is underway.

Bishwanath mentioned that during the investigation, it was discovered that the distance between the electricity poles was excessive. Attempts to install a new pole were obstructed by the landowner two years ago, but this issue was not reported to local representatives or higher authorities.

Following the accident, Moulvibazar Deputy Commissioner Dr Urme Binte Salam and Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdus Salam Chowdhury formed an investigation committee. The committee is expected to submit its report within a few days.

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