7 children drown in three days

Netrakona Correspondent

Seven children drowned in Netrokona in three days from last Saturday to Monday evening. Among them were three children from Kalmakanda, two from Purbadhala, one from Durgapur and one from Atpara. These children are two to nine years old.

According to local residents and police sources, Akash Mia, a two-year-old son of Siddique Mia of Panchkatha village in Kalmakanda, was playing in the backyard yesterday afternoon. At one stage, the child drowned in a pond next to the house. People later rescued him and took him to Kalmakanda Upazila Health Complex, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

A two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Aynal Miah of Bagjan village in Kalmakanda upazila fell into a pond while playing at 5 pm 

on the same day. Family members rescued her and took her to the Upazila Health Complex, where doctors declared her dead. 

Besides, Maimuna Akhter, a two-year-old daughter of Mamun Miah of Chakua village in Barhatta upazila, fell into a pond while visiting her uncle's house in Kutigaon village around 6 pm yesterday. She was later rescued and taken to a local hospital, where doctors declared her dead.

Mazharul Islam, the four-year-old son of Aminul Islam from Purbadhala Sadar Chochaura village, went to play by his house on Sunday afternoon and fell into the pond. 

At the screams of the other children who were with them at that time, the locals rushed to the rescue of Mazharul. He was later taken to Purbadhala Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead.

On the same day, a madrasa student named Siam Hossain (9) drowned in the Kangs River at Giriasa village in Purbadhala. Siam is the son of Mozammel Hossain of Ramnathpur village in Dhobaura upazila of Mymensingh. A seven-year-old boy named Shihab Hossain died while taking a bath in the Someshwari River at Durgapur Sadar on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier, Russell Mia's three-year-old son Takmir from the village of Atpara Bharatosichor said fell into a pond last Saturday afternoon. After a while, the family members went to the pond and saw his body floating.

Kalmakanda police officer in charge (OC) Md Mazharul Karim, Purbadhala police chief Md Tauhidur Rahman and Atpara police chief Md Ali Hossain have confirmed the truth of these separate incidents.