Ten police personnel were killed as a truck rammed their van on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Narsingdi yesterday.
The accident occurred around 10:45am leaving all the nine dead on the spot, and another injured died after he had been taken to Hospital
The cops, who were from Belabo Police Station in Narsingdi, were on their way to Shibpur upazila to attend a briefing on the law and order ahead of tomorrow’s municipal polls.
The truck driver managed to flee while police seized the vehicle.
The victims are officer-in-charge Faruk Ahmed Khan, 45, inspector (investigation) Ziaul Huq, 42, sub-inspector Kongkan Kumar Mondol, 42, and constables Bazlur Rahman, 50, Krishna Kanta Barman, 50, Rezaul Karim, 40, Masud Parvez, 42, Narayan Chandra, 45, and Reaz Uddin, 40. Their bodies were later taken to the district hospital.
Constable Priyotosh, 50, the injured, was admitted to Combined Military Hospital in the capital.
Namaz-e-janaza of the dead was held at Narsingdi Police Lines in the afternoon. Their bodies were handed over to relatives.
Later, Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandaker granted Tk 50,000, and Akkasuddin Bhuiyan, Narsingdi superintendent of police, Tk 10,000 each for the families of the deceased from the central and local police funds.
In a condolence message, President Zillur Rahman prayed for the departed souls and asked the authorities concerned to ensure proper treatment of the injured cop, reports.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the deaths and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved families.
In a press release, Bangladesh Police Service Association leaders condoled the tragic death of their colleagues while on duty.
Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda condoled the deaths, and wished fast recovery of the wounded constable.
Government said that an investigation for the accident will be done to probe the cause.