Power resumed in some areas of Sylhet city on Wednesday evening after 31 hours of blackout. However, most areas of Sylhet district remain out of electricity.
Khandker Mokammel Hossain, chief engineer of the Power Development Board in Sylhet, said 400 workers were used to restore the electricity supply, and it will resume gradually in all parts of the city.
A fire broke out in Sylhet's Kumargaon Power Plant around 11:00am on Tuesday. Sylhet Fire Service and Civil Defence could put out the flames, but two transformers and a control panel burned down.
Then all of Sylhet district and parts of its adjoining areas experienced a blackout. And the power supply disruption has caused suffering to about 450,000 consumers in the areas.
A couple allegedly murdered a fourth-grader at Sutrapur in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur on Tuesday after an altercation with the girl’s father over rent.
The deceased was identified as Limu Akter Lamia, daughter of Shaheb Ali of the area.
Police have arrested Ali’s tenants Sumon Mia and his wife Mili Begum hailing from Bogura.
The couple had an altercation with Ali over payment of Tk 5,000 rent, Monowar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kaliakoir Police Station, said quoting locals.
On Tuesday night, Sumon and Mili took Lamia to an abandoned house and murdered her and dumped her body in the nearby water body.
The girl’s parents and neighbours searched for her as she did not return home.
During their search, people noticed that Sumon was standing in water and asked them to look for the girl elsewhere.
People became suspicious and searched the place where Sumon was standing and found Lamia’s body.
Police recovered the body and sent it to Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College Hospital and arrested the couple.
During primary interrogation, the couple admitted to murdering the schoolgirl and dumping her body.
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Local residents blocked Chattogram-Khagrachhari road after a businessman died in a road accident at Boro Dighir Par of Hathazari upazila on Tuesday.
Vehicular movement on the busy road remained suspended for two hours.
Belal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Hathazari Police Station, said Musa Saudagor, a clothing trader and a resident of Uttar Madrasha area, was killed after being hit by a truck around 7:15am.
Angered by the incident, locals put up barricades on the road disrupting traffic movement for two hours.
They moved away from the road after police intervened.
Road accidents are quite common in Bangladesh. In the first half of this year, at least 2,329 people were killed and 4,361 others injured in 2,159 road accidents across the country, according to a report.
In the last five years, road accidents killed 37,170 people in the country and injured 82,758 people, according to a report released by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity.
A massive electricity outage that gripped Sylhet since morning after a fire broke out at Kumargaon power station, still persists as the repairing of the power station is underway on Tuesday night.
The officials failed to specify time of resuming electricity connection.
Deputy Commissioner M Kazi Emdadul Islam said the fire was extinguished but the power was gone in the whole district.
“But, it is not clear when the power connection will return to normal.”, he said.
The local administration announced about the prolong power cut across the district to minimize the public hazards, Islam said.
A specialized body will be formed to investigate the cause of the fire and measure damages caused by it, he added.
Meanwhile, a member of Firefighters Jayanta Kumar got injured trying to douse the flame and was admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.
Earlier, Mokammel Hossain, chief engineer of Sylhet Polli Bidyut Distribution Department, said the fire broke out at the Kumargaon 120MW Power Station around 11:30am.
Four firefighting units rushed in and contained the fire at 12:15 pm.
The cause of the fire could not be known immediately.
Power supply to Sylhet district remained suspended since the incident.
Police arrested two young men from Akhaura Rail Station for throwing stones at a moving train in Brahmanbaria.
Alauddin, 23, of Moniandho village and Jabed Mia, 21, of Nabinagar upazila were arrested from the north outer signal of the rail station on Sunday night, said Sakiul Azam Khan, officer-in-charge of Akhaura Railway Police Station.
According to police, Alauddin and Jabed threw stones at Dhaka-bound ‘Godhuli Express’ from Chattogram while crossing the Akhaura Rail Station.
A case was filed against them on Sunday night and they were produced before the court on Monday.
Throwing stones at running trains is a criminal offence and many people have been injured in such incidents that occurred across the country often.
Besides, the doors and windows of many trains got damaged.
In 2013, Preeti Das, 27, was killed after being hit by a stone thrown at the train she was travelling on at Bhatiari area of Chattogram.
At least 150 incidents of stone-throwing take place each year on average, causing Tk 1.45 crore damage, railway Secretary Mofazzal Hossain said in 2018.
The railways authorities now urge passengers to keep the windows shut to protect themselves from stones hurled at the trains.