Gazipur District Commissioner Abul Fateh Mohammad Safiqul Islam said that the Mohanganj Express train met with a terrible accident at night as a 20-foot section of the railway line was cut with a gas cutter for the purpose of sabotage. In this incident, the engine and seven carriages of the train were derailed and one passenger died. More than half a hundred were injured, including the driver.
Several carriages were twisted in this incident. This incident took place in Bankharia area of Bhawal around 4 pm today. Fire service and rescue team of district administration are working at the spot. Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) are investigating the sabotage.
Mohanganj Express left Netrakona for Dhaka last night with more than three hundred passengers. As the line was cut for the purpose of sabotage, when the train reached Bankharia area of Gazipur around 4 pm, seven coaches including the engine derailed.
Deputy Assistant Director of Gazipur Fire Service, Abdullah Al Arefin, said that some carriages of the train were twisted in the accident. Five people, including the train driver, were admitted to the hospital in serious condition out of more than half a hundred injured. Fire service, police and district administration rescue teams reached the spot after receiving the information.
When asked about the cause of the incident, Gazipur District Commissioner Abul Fateh Mohammad Safiqul Islam said that the accident happened because the gas line was cut with a gas cutter for the purpose of sabotage. About 20 feet of rail line was cut. The police have started to investigate the incident and identify the vandals. A RAB team also reached the spot.
Dhaka-Mymensingh route is closed due to the accident. The line will be repaired after the rescue train arrives and removes the engine and carriage.