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PM: Govt will probe train mishaps

  • Published at 11:47 pm November 14th, 2019
Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the Parliament on Thursday, November 14, 2019 Focus Bangla

'Investigation into the recent train mishaps will be conducted to confirm whether there was any conspiracy or ill motive behind the incidents. We will take appropriate measures upon completion of the investigation'

Referring to the two recent train accidents, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government will investigate to determine whether there was any conspiracy or ill motive behind the incidents.

“We will take appropriate measures upon completion of the investigation,” she said, while delivering her valedictory speech on the fifth session of the 11th parliament, reports BSS.

The leader of the House added: “We see recurrence of train accidents in winter season. Therefore, we have to look into the matter why they happen.”

Expressing deep shock at the deaths of 16 people and injuries of many people in the train accident in Brahmanbaria’s Kasba early Tuesday, she said: “The train mishap took place as its driver failed to see the signal due to fog.”

And after Thursday's derailment of another train at Ullapara, Sirajganj, she said, necessary directives were given to the authorities concerned to take prompt measures for rescuing the injured and ensuring medical attention.

In this regard, she said that train accidents usually occur during the winter season due to fog. “We will see what initiatives can be taken to put an end to this end.”

The prime minister said that she has already given directives to the Railways Ministry to take more projects to repair the old rail bridges and tracks.

She, however, stressed the need for giving more training to the railway staff.

During her speech, Hasina also disagreed with Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad regarding her opinion that construction of metrorail in Dhaka and rail communications should be stopped in fear of accidents. “Accidents are just what they are, accidents. It will not be wise to stop metrorail construction and train communications in the fear of accidents.”

“Would she [Raushan] stop riding on cars because road accidents are frequent?” she questioned.

In this regard, she said, train accidents were taking place in many developed countries including the UK, but they did not stop railway communications.

The prime minister added: “We are building metrorail for the benefit of the people. After it’s finished, professionals, students and teachers will be able to reach their destinations timely as it will reduce traffic congestion to a great extent.”