Four people, including three officials of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, have died and at least 12 have been injured in a road accident at Savar in Dhaka.
The deceased were identified as Senior Scientific Officer Arifuzzaman, Engineer Kauser Ahmed Rabbi, Scientific Officer Puja Sarkar, and driver Rajib.
At around 10am on Sunday, a passenger bus collided with an Atomic Energy Commission bus carrying its officials while taking a U-turn at Boliarpur area on the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar. At that time, a Dhaka-bound truck also hit the front part of the bus, leaving two people dead on the spot.
The injured were rushed to Enam Medical College Hospital in Savar, two of whom later died, said Savar Highway Police.
Savar Highway Police Officer-in-Charge Atikur Rahman told The Business Standard that the dead bodies have been recovered from the spot.
Meanwhile, Science and Technology Minister Yasef Osman and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Md Azizul Haque rushed to the Enam Medical College Hospital.
They expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and wished for the quick recovery of the injured ones.
Yassef Osman told the media, "Because of reckless driving, we lost some very talented officers today who cannot be replaced. They could have offered many things to the country."
The minister also said that all possible assistance would be given to the families of the victims.
In response to the tragic death of Senior Scientific Officer Arifuzzaman, one of his friends Nazmul Karim Faruki, who works for the Bangladesh Betar, wrote on Facebook that they studied together at Jahangirnagar University for five years. Just a few days ago, Arifuzzaman returned from Japan with a PhD. He dreamt of having a post-doctoral and doing something for the country. Unfortunately, he left us being a victim of unsafe roads.