Case filed over BRT girder collapse tragedy

A police case has been filed in connection with the Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit girder tragedy that claimed the lives of five people, all of a family, on Monday.

The case for causing death due to negligence did not mention any name, but it listed the crane operator and the company responsible for the project, China Gezhouba Group Co Ltd, police said.

‘The case was filed with Uttara west police station on Monday night on a complaint from Afran Mondol, the brother of two of the deceased — Fahima and Jhorna,’ said Md Mohsin, the station’s officer-in-charge.

‘The crane operator and China Gezhouba Group Co Ltd had been listed in the FIR,’ said the OC. ‘Police will investigate if the negligence of the crane operator and others concerned led to the accident.’

On Monday, the five, including two children, died after one girder of the BRT project fell on their car. A newlywed couple, who were also travelling in the same car, fortunately escaped death.

The deceased were identified as Rubel, 50, Fahima, 40, her sister Jhorna, 28, and Jhorna’s two children Jannat, 6, and Jakaria, 2, said Yeasin Gazi, inspector of Uttara west police station.

Rubel’s son Hridoy, 26, and his wife Ria Moni, 21, were rescued with serious injuries and rushed to a local hospital. ‘They are currently out of danger,’ said the officer.

Fahima and Jhorna were aunts of Ria Moni, said their brother, Afran Mondol.

The accident took place at about 4:15pm when the girder of the Gazipur Expressway fell on the car from a crane while it was being moved in front of Gazipur Paradise Tower, he added.

The tragedy occurred exactly a month after a worker was killed by a falling crane in the Gazipur part of the project.

Also, last year, six workers escaped with injuries after a part of a launching girder collapsed near them, close to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

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