Three dead as Maitree Express train hits vehicle in Sirajganj
A Dhaka-bound Maitree Express train, which runs between India and Bangladesh, has rammed a vehicle in Sirajganj, killing three people.
The incident took place at Kamarkhand Upazila around 1:30pm on Saturday, according to Nazir Hossain, a firefighter at Ullapara Fire Service Station.
The passengers were cattle traders. They were carrying cattle in the vehicle.
The deceased were identified as the mini-truck driver Surja Pramanik, 45, and cattle traders Rafiqul Islam, 42 and Minhaj alias Nihar.
The incident took place around 1:30pm in Koyelgati area of Kamarkhand upazila in the district.
The train coming from Kolkata hit the cow-laden mini-truck on an unguarded level crossing in the area, leaving Surja dead on the spot and the others injured, said Shafiqul Islam, a sub-inspector of Kamarkhand Police Station.
The injured were rushed to the local upazila health complex where Rafiqul was pronounced dead by doctors and Nihar succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment there, the SI said.
The other injured, whose condition has been stated to be critical, could not be identified immediately.
According to what could be known, the mini-truck carrying four people and three cattle was on its way to Ullahpara.
One of three cows was killed in the collision and locals slaughtered another as it was about to die, SI Shafiqul added.
Meanwhile, the Maitree Express train is the first modern-day international passenger train service connecting Bangladesh to the Indian state of West Bengal. Previously train services between the two countries existed before the partition of India and the Maitree Express re-established this connection between the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka with Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, in 2008 after being closed for 43 years. -Agencies