B'baria train accident unfortunate: PM

Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, photo: collected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, photo: collected

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has described the Brahmanbaria train accident, which left at least 17 people dead and 74 others injured, as ‘very unfortunate’.

“We’ve been able to protect ourselves from natural disaster like Cyclone Bulbul, but unfortunately we experienced such an accident,” she said on Tuesday (Nov 12).

The prime minister was speaking at the 34th board of governors meeting of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA).

Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita and Udayan Express bound for Chattogram collided around 3am on Tuesday near Mondobhagh Station under Kasba Upazila of Brahmanbaria district.

Sheikh Hasina said. “I don’t know why train accidents occurred in winter -- not only in our country, but across the world. Those who work in our railway should be careful about it. The drivers need training.”

Describing rail communications safer than other mode of transports, Sheikh Hasina said her government has given utmost importance to rail sector and is expanding rail network in the country.

She prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of those killed in accident and fast recovery of the injured.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid and BEPZA Executive Chairman Maj Gen SM Salahuddin were present at the meeting, among others.