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Uttara girder tragedy: Helper was operating the crane, RAB says

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 18th August, 2022 12:35:55 PM
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Uttara girder tragedy: Helper was operating the crane, RAB says

The crane, which lost balance and dropped a girder on a Gazipur-bound car killing five people on Monday, was operating by the helper of the main operator during the accident, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said.

The main operator of the vehicle Al Amin was instructing his helper Rakib Hossain, who has no licence or training to operate a crane, from outside.

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of Legal and Media Wing of RAB, said this while addressing a press briefing at RAB Media Centre in the city's Karwan Bazar on Thursday.

He further said Al Amin has a licence to drive light vehicles only, not any heavy vehicles.

Mentioning that Al Amin received a training to operate cranes in 2016, he said that he worked on two-three construction projects before starting working as a crane operator in the BRT project in May 2022.

However, members of RAB arrested ten people, including crane operator, helper, and security personnel of the contractor company, in connection with the incident.

The arrestees are crane operator Md Al Amin Hossain Hridoy, assistant Rakib Hossain, traffic men of Four Brothers Guard Service assigned to the accident site Md Rubel, Md Afroz Mia, safety engineer of the contracting company Md Zulfikar Ali Shah, the owner of IFS CON wich is engaged in the delivery of heavy equipment Md Iftekhar Hossain, Head of Operation Md Azharul Islam Mithu, marketing manager of the crane supplier Build Trade Company Tofazzal Hossain Tushar, administrative officers Ruhul Amin Mridha and Md Manzoor Islam.

They were arrested from Dhaka's Jurain, Jatrabari, Kalshi, Savar and Gazipur, Sirajganj and Bagerhat on Wednesday.

On Monday, a heavy girder lifted by a crane under the government project came crashing down on a passing car on Uttara's Jashimuddin Road, killing five members of a family.

The car’s owner Rubel Mia, 60, his wife Fahima, 40, Fahima’s sister Jharna, 28, and Jharna’s two children, Jannat, 6, and Zakaria, 2, died in the incident.

Earlier, Afran Mondal Babu, brother of two victims – Fahima Begum and Jharna Begum, filed a case with Uttara West Police Station against five people, including the concerned officials of China Gezhouba Group Co Ltd, the contractor firm, and the crane operator.