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44 Schoolboys Were Killed in Bangladesh
By Ataur Rahman
Bangladesh Correspondent
Bereaved family members of the Bangladesh kids are wailing.

Dhaka, Bangladesh — least 44 schoolboys were killed and 15 others injured as a truck plunged into a roadside ditch with full of water near Abu Torab Bazzar at Borotakia of Mirsarai upazila in the district on July 11 (Monday), 2011.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina instructed the authorities concerned to provide better treatment to the survivors of the accident and complete the rescue operations at the quickest possible time.Police said the accident occurred when a truck, carrying nearly 65 schoolboys, fell into the ditch as its driver lost control over the steering.

Local police told that 44 bodies were recovered from the truck and the spot of the crash till 8.30 pm. Rescue operations were going on.Local unit of the fire service said they were about to complete the rescue operations.

However, a diving team of Bangladesh Navy was continuing the rescue operations.The victims of the accident — students of Abu Torab Government Primary School and Anjumannesa Government Primary School - were returning from Mirsarai Stadium after watching an inter-school football tournament.

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their deep shock and sorrow at the deaths of school students in the tragic road accident at Borotakia in Mirsarai. In separate messages of condolence, they conveyed sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid also expressed profound shock at the deaths of schoolboys in the road accident.In a message of condolence, he conveyed deep sympathy to members of the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.

Health Minister Professor Dr AFM Ruhal Haque directed the Mirsarai Hospital authorities to serve its best and asked other nearby hospitals to ensure emergency medicines for the injured.The minister also expressed his deep shock at the loss of young lives in the accident and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls. He conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved families.The injured were admitted to Mirsarai Health Complex and Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

The education ministry has directed all educational institutions across the country to mourn tomorrow the death of the students in a tragic road accident in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong district.According to an official handout, teachers, students and employees in the educational institutions would wear black badges and organize special prayers for the departed souls.At least 44 schoolboys were killed in a tragic road crash at Abu Torab Borotakia in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong district on Monday.



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Mr. Ataur Rahman serves as Bangladesh Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He earned his Master of Commerce degree from Dhaka University in 1985. Mr. Rahman has vast journalistic experience including his stints at "The Daily Janata" and "The Dainik Bangla."

 

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