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Corporate official killed in road crash: Anchor Cement backtracks on compensation

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 23rd October, 2021 11:08:03 PM
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Corporate official killed in road crash: Anchor Cement backtracks on compensation

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Habib Khan Anik, deputy sales manager of Barishal region of Bashundhara Food and Beverage Industries Limited (BFBIL), was killed after being hit by a truck of Anchor Cement Ltd.

Following assurance of adequate compensation, affected family members buried him without filing any case.

Now, the Anchor cement authorities have backtracked on the compensation issue, putting Anik’s three-month pregnant wife into misery.

Hailing from Dakshin Shibpur village at Boalmari upazila of Faridpur, Anik struggled with poverty to complete study. Born to poor parents, he was the sole breadwinner of the family.

Anik got married only 11 months ago and the couple was excepting a child soon. All hopes of the family are marred and jeopardized due to his premature death.

On October 17, Anik was travelling from Barishal to Jhalakathi for professional reasons. A truck of Anchor cement company (Barishal Metro –TA -11-0047) rammed into a private car of BFBIL at Nalbunia Bazar point of Razapur thana, critically injuring Anik.

Habib Khan Anik was admitted to the National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital (NINS) in critical condition. He succumbed to serious head injuries at 9:00 pm.

The accident also left car driver Hanif Hawlader and one Shahinur Rahman injured. Sujon Hawlader, the driver of the killer truck of Anchor cement, fled the spot.

Ali Ahsan, chief of the transport section of Anchor cement, said “The family members of the victim along with some officials of BFBIL came to us seeking compensation. I informed higher authorities about the matter.”

Anchor Cement CEO Maj (retd) Shahed Uddin said the company cannot compensate Anik’s family as a case is pending with the police station. Had the case not been filed, the company would have paid the compensation, he added.

Asked about the cases filed after three days of the denial to pay compensation, he said “An unnatural death case was filed instantly. But police informed us that the case was filed three days later.”

BFBIL AGM Shahin said “We are extending all-out supports to the affected family. Unfortunately, the Anchor officials concerned have changed their stand.”

Samad Khan, uncle of Anik, filed a case with Rajapur Police Station on Friday. Shahidul Islam, OC of Rajapur Police Station, said “The Anchor cement authorities wanted to compensate but they are now unwilling to pay the compensation as per the demand of the victim’s family.”