At least 25 poor women and children were killed and 50 others injured in a stampede as they crowded for receiving Zakat clothes distributed by local Nurani Jarda Factory near Mymensingh municipality office early Friday.
The Officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station Quamrul Islam said the sad event took place around 5 am when a large crowd of people, mostly women, gathered there to collect Zakat clothes being distributed by ‘Nurani Jarda Factory’ owned by Nurani Talukder alias Shamim, leaving 12 women dead on the spot and 61 others injured.
Twenty of the deceased were identified as Halima Begum, 45, wife of Haider Ali of Charpara area, Nazma Begum,50, wife of Jalal Uddin, Fatema Begum, 55, wife of Abdus Salam, Zohora Khatun,40, wife of Ismail of Akuya Morolpara, Rezia Akhter, 40, wife of Abdul Majid of Kathgola Bazar, Fatema Begum,42, wife of Robi Hossain, Sufiya Begum, 60, wife of Lal Miah of Char Ishwardi area, Khodeja Begum, 50, wife of Abdus Salek of Thanaghat area.
Siddik,12, son of Sirajul Islam of Brahmaputro Bastuhara Bihari camp area, Sokhina Begum, 40, wife of Krishno Miah and their daughter Lamiya, 5, Samu Begum, 60, wife of Abdul Barek, Fazila Begum, 75, wife of Mahtab Uddin of Kacharighat area, Hazera Begum, 70, wife of Lalu Miah of Patgodam Bihari camp, Meghna Bosak, 35, wife of Gobindo Bosak of Bosakpotti, Mariyam, 50, wife of Moslem,of Tarakanda upazila, Jamina Khatun, 65, wife of Sultan,Rina, 60, wife of Gorendra, Suda Rani Sarker, wife of Narayan Chandra Sarker and Najma Akhter, 60.
The injured were rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared 11 others dead.
Four of the injured were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital while the rest were given first aid.
All the deceased were trampled underfoot in the crowd while collecting Zakat clothes and died on the spot and at local hospital, the OC said.
Police arrested seven people, including Nurani Talukdar, in this connection.
Mostakim Billah Faruki, deputy commissioner of Mymensingh and police super Moynul Haque visited the spot.
A three-member probe committee, headed by additional superintendent of police Al Mamun, has been formed by the local administration to investigate the incident. The committee was asked to submit its report within three days.
Besides, police headquarters formed a 3-member probe committee, headed by Additional DIG Dhaka range Shafiqul Islam, to investigate the stampede incident. – Agencies