CHATTOGRAM: A female university student met her tragic end after she fell into an open roadside drain at Agrabad in the port city on early Tuesday.
The deceased is Seherin Mahbub Sadia, 19, daughter of Mohammad Ali of the city’s Boropole area. She was a first semester student of Computer Engineering Department at International Islamic University.
While walking on a footpath, she suddenly fell into an open drain. Her uncle jumped into the drain to save her. But, she was already washed away by the flow of drain water.
On information, divers of the Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) department rushed to the spot and started search for Sadia in the drain filled with garbage.
Later, they removed one tonne of garbage from the drain by using two cranes with the help of the workers of Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) and local people and pulled the victim from 70 feet depth of the drain in an unconscious state after five hours’ efforts.
She was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her dead.
The FSCD Assistant Director Faruk Hossain Sikder said there is large hole in the drain where the tragic incident happened. Besides, there was no slab on the drain, he added.
Sources concerned said there are many such death traps in different areas of the city, posing risk of fatal accidents.
Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury visited the spot in the afternoon.
He blamed negligence of Chattogram Development Authority (CDA), which is implementing mega project ‘Elevated Expressway’ from Lalkhan Bazar to Chattogram Shah Amanat International Airport for the accident.
There was fencing along the drain before the work on the Elevated Expressway project started. But, CDA dismantled it during the work, the mayor said. If there was fencing, such tragic incident did not happen, he said adding that CDA is responsible for maintaining road until completion of the project work.
Local people and the friends of the victim Sadia staged demonstration at busy Badamtali Intersection in the city in the afternoon, protesting the death.
They also demanded trial of the persons responsible for the accident.
A pall of gloom descended at the residence of the victim at Moinna Para in Boropole area on Tuesday.
Sadia was the eldest among the four siblings. Her father is an expatriate and currently staying home.
It is mentionable that vegetable vendor Saleh Ahmed fell into an open drain during heavy rain in the city’s Muradpur area on August 25. He still remains traceless.
The FSCD divers carried out frantic search for him for several days but in vain.