Three die as cricket stadium wall collapses

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Three people, including two children, of a family were killed as a boundary wall of Sylhet Divisional Cricket Stadium collapsed on a house inside Lakkatura Tea Garden on the outskirts of the city on early Tuesday. Nasima Begum, 18, daughter of Lakkatura Tea Garden labour Azan Ali, her younger brother Zahed Ahmad, 14, and paternal cousin Ruhul Amin, 12, died as the wall collapsed on their house while they were asleep, the police said, adding that  Zahed and Ruhul were students of an Ibtedayee madrassah in the locality. Lakkatura Tea Garden workers blocked the Airport Road instantly and abstained from work on Tuesday to protest at the incident. Sylhet district administration formed a five-member committee led by additional deputy commissioner (revenue) A Hasan Mahmud to probe the incident, said the deputy commissioner in Sylhet, Shahidul Islam. He, however, said that they were yet to grant any compensation for the victim family. ‘There is a rule of providing compensation and we must help the victim family,’ he said. The District Football Federation general secretary, Mahi Uddin Selim, on behalf of the federation gave Tk 30,000 to the victim family in the morning for burial. Locals and the police said that the incident took place amid torrential rain at about 3:00am when a part of the stadium’s eastern boundary wall near its second gate collapsed on a tin-shed house at Chapatal Labour Colony of Lakkatura Tea Garden. Victim siblings’ father Azan Ali said that his two children and niece died after being trapped under the collapsed wall, though the adult members of the family could manage to come out from under the wreckage immediately. Sylhet Fire Brigade and Civil Defence assistant director said that they rushed to the spot immediately after being informed and recovered the bodies. Lakkatura Tea Garden manager Syed Mahmud Hasan said that the stadium authorities did not install any protection pillar for the wall during its construction, though there were dwelling houses at the bottom of the wall. ‘Even no iron rod was used in the wall as no such material was found in the rubbles of the collapsed wall,’ he alleged. The protesting tea garden workers alleged that the boundary wall collapsed because of the use of substandard materials and irregularity in the construction. The Lakkatura Tea Garden workers panchayet committee headman, Gunadhar Goala, said that they observed a daylong work abstention on Tuesday demanding exemplary punishment for the people responsible for the wall collapse. The Air Port police station officer-in-charge, Shah Zaman, told New Age that a case was filed for the incident.

Source: New Age