Residents of Mogolbasa union of the sadar upazila formed a human chain on Wednesday demanding immediate steps to save them from erosion.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life joined the human chain.
They demanded taking necessary measures against river erosion in a four-kilometre area from Docchimuddir intersection to Sluicegate area.
They said the Kurigram-Chilmari Road, Mogolbasha union parishad complex, market, three high schools, four government schools, a madrasa, arable land and embankment are on the verge of collapse as a huge portion of the dam has already been devoured by the river.
Erosion has been prevalent in Bangladesh, a land crisscrossed by rivers. Between 1973 and 2017, the Padma, the Meghna, and the Jamuna engulfed more than 160,000 hectares of land, according to statistics provided by the UN. The area is roughly equivalent to five times the land mass of Dhaka.
The Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, a government think-tank, has forecast that erosion could eat up another 4,500 hectares by the end of 2020 and could potentially displace another 45,000 people.
A union parishad (UP) member was allegedly kidnapped by miscreants from his home at Karigarpara in Kaptai upazila on Tuesday night.
The victim is Mang Ching Marma, a member from ward-5 of Raikhali union parisahd in the upazila.
Victim’s wife said three men stormed their house breaking open the door around 11:30 pm and picked up her husband at gunpoint.
At that time, a group of 20-25 people was standing outside the house, she said, adding that she could not recognise any of them.
UP Chairman Md Enamul Haque said victim’s wife phoned him last night and informed the matter.
Later, he visited the house but found no information regarding the incident yet, he added.
Arshaf Uddin, officer-in-charge of Chandraghona Police Station, said police were deployed in the area soon after the incident. They were trying to rescue the UP member and arrest the culprits, he said.
At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogura, Jashore, Magura and Rangamati between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
In Bogura, two people were killed in a collision between a bus and a battery run auto-rickshaw at Hazipara in Shibganj upazila on Wednesday morning.
The deceased were identified as auto-rickshaw driver Dilbar, 45, and bus driver’s assistant Shaidul, 50. Both were residents of the upazila.
Sub-Inspector Saheb Gani of Shibganj Police Station said the passenger bus of Adhunika Paribahan collided with the auto-rickshaw in the area around 9:30am.
Dilbar and Shaidul were killed on the spot.
In Jashore, a driver was killed and 15 people were injured in a head-on collision between two buses on Navaran-Satkhira road at Harikeni in Sharsha upazila in the morning.
Details of the victim were not immediately available.
A Faridpur-bound picnic bus of ‘Green Bangla Paribahan’ carrying schoolboys and teachers from Satkhira hit another bus coming from the opposite direction around 7:30am, said in-charge of Navaran Highway Police Outpost SI Zahirul Haque.
One of bus drivers was killed and 15 others were injured,
Of the injured, four were sent to Jashore Medical College Hospital.
In Magura, a motorcyclist was killed and another was injured when the motorcycle collided with a speeding truck at Shalikha upazila on Tuesday night.
The deceased was identified as Mosharraf Hossain, 48, son of Sharafat Joardar of Sadar upazila. His wife was injured.
Tariqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shalikha Police Station, said the couple was going to Jashore at night. The accident took place when the truck collided with their motorcycle, leaving them injured.
They were taken to Jessore General Hospital where the doctor declared Mosharraf dead, the OC said.
In Rangamati, a tractor driver was killed and two of his associates were injured as it overturned at Sajek in the morning.
The deceased was identified as Ripon Chakma, 33, son of Birubaha Chakma of Bangatali area in the upazila.
The accident took place when they were returning home on the goods-laden tractor, leaving them injured, said Israfil Majumdar, officer-in-charge of Sajek Police Station.
Later, they were taken to Khagrachhari Sadar Hospital where doctor pronounced Ripon dead, the OC added.