Army member killed in Cox’s Bazar road mishap

COX’S BAZAR CORRESPONDENT

In a tragic incident in Ramu, Cox’s Bazar, an army member lost his life following a head-on collision between an oil tanker lorry and a motorcycle.

The fatal accident occurred in the Chakmarkul area of Ramu Upazila on the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway around 4 pm on Monday, March 25, said Md. Azizul Bari Ibn Jalil, the Officer-in-Charge at Ramu Tulabagan Highway Police Station.

The victim was identified as 30-year-old Atiqur Rahman, son of Md. Atiar, hailing from the Chhotibari locality of Mithapukur Upazila in Rangpur. Rahman was serving as a soldier at the Comilla military base.

According to Azizul Bari, who cited accounts from Rahman’s family and local witnesses, on Sunday, Rahman, accompanied by six others on four motorcycles, had come from Comilla to Cox’s Bazar for a leisure trip. On their return journey to Comilla the following Monday afternoon, their group encountered a dire situation as Rahman’s motorcycle was struck head-on by an oncoming oil tanker from the Chattogram direction upon their arrival in the Chakmarkul area of Ramu Upazila. The impact severely damaged the motorcycle, critically injuring Rahman. In the aftermath of the collision, the tanker’s driver and his assistant promptly fled the scene. Authorities have since seized both vehicles involved.

Rahman’s fellow riders and nearby residents swiftly acted to transport him to the Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital. He was pronounced dead by on-duty doctors upon arrival at the hospital, said the inspector of the highway police.

Inspector Azizul Bari further said that the deceased’s family and the relevant officials have been duly informed of the tragic event. Rahman’s body has been placed in the morgue at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital pending an autopsy.

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