At least five persons were killed and over 50 injured when a train rammed into them as they gathered on the railway track to join a political rally of
opposition BNP in northwestern Sirajganj district in Bangladesh, officials said today.
The accident occurred as the activists met at the railway track to join a political rally scheduled to be addressed by main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia.
"The inter-city train was going to Dhaka from northwestern Dinajpur," a railway spokesman said.
Angry mob set the engine on fire of Drutajan Express and severely beat up the driver and a guard at Soidabad rail crossing in Ullapara upazila, Police Superintendent Mosharraf Hossain was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com.
Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain said senior railway officers were now on their way to the spot to launch an investigation and added that many more people could have died.
The Minister said the driver and the guard were critically injured and were sent to a nearby hospital in neighbouring Tangail.
The Minister also wondered why the BNP rally was called on the railway track.
"You can understand, a train cannot be stopped quickly like a car or bus... but it is nothing but an attempt to create an anarchy the way they torched the train and critically injured the driver and the guard," the Minister added.
However, a local journalist said the mob beat to death the train driver and the guard and they torched several wagons soon after the accident.
Meanwhile, Zia alleged that the government tried to disrupt her planned rally by ramming the train on her supporters and asked the people to "get prepared to oust the government".
"This was done under a planned way," she said in a statement.