Six people, including a couple, were killed and six others critically injured in two separate road accidents at different places in Rangpur on Monday, police said.
Retired bank official Mahbubur Rahman, 55, and his wife Nazma Rahman, 44, of Etakumari village under Pirgachha upazila were killed on the spot after a passenger bus hit their running motorcycle at Mahiganj area in the city around 2 pm. One pedestrian Sanu Mian, 40, of the locality was also critically injured in the accident.
Besides, four people were killed and five others injured after a running van of the Jail Guards of Rangpur Central Jail hit an auto rickshaw at Soleyasha Bridge on the Rangpur-Syedpur Highway under Gangachara upazila at 5 pm.
Three passengers of the auto-rickshaw Alhaj Sabur Uddin, 55, Irene Begum, 25, and Anam, 17, of nearby Kharuabadha village were killed on the spot while another unidentified person succumbed on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH).
The accident occurred when the van of the Jail Guards was returning from Syedpur Airport to Rangpur city after carrying high officials of Rangpur Central Jail to the Airport.
The angry mob immediately attacked the van, set fire on it and blocked vehicular movements on the highway for two and a half hours period since the accident as the road traffic resumed there from 7:30 pm following police intervention.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (A Circle) Ataur Rahman, Officers-in-Charge Abdul Kader Zilani of Kotwali Thana, Zinnat Ali of Gangachara Thana and Abdul Latif of Taraganj Thana arrived at the spot to inspect the situation. Separate cases were filed in these connections with the respective police stations, according to BSS. - Idrak