Uncle, niece killed in Chandpur road accident

A man and his 10-year old niece were killed and two others were injured in a road accident in Chandpur on Tuesday. The accident took place at Gabtoli area under Ashkati union in Sadar upazila in the morning. The deceased were identified as Emran Hossian, 34, son of Tazul Islam and officer of Gazipur branch of Social Islami Bank Limited (SIBL), and his niece Fatema Akter, 10, daughter of Alamgir Hossain.

Rezaul Karim, sub-inspector of Chandpur Model Police Station, confirmed the matter. He said that a Dhaka bound passenger bus of Padma Express Company hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Chandpur-Cumilla regional highway, leaving Emran dead on the spot and three other passengers injured.

Accounts officer of SBBL died on the spot. He and his niece were coming Dhaka from Hajigonj by the auto rickshaw. The bus and auto-rickshaw driver fled the scene soon after the accident. Police, however, seized the bus. On information, police rushed in and recovered the body and handed over to family without autopsy as per their plea.

Two critically injured were referred to Dhaka but Fatema succumbed to her injuries on the way to Dhaka. Two of the injured persons were identified as Ratan Shil, 31, son of Dr Bhasan Chandra Shil of Subidpur union of Faridgonj upazila. and Jewel Hossain, 35. Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chandpur Majedur Rahman Khan expressed sympathy and provided financial support to bereaved family members.