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ASI killed in Chattogram road crash

An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police was killed after being hit by a truck in Kumia area of Sitakunda early Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Nipon Chakma, 47, son of Ranjan Chakma. He was posted at Feni district police lines.

Inspector Md Alamgir Hossain of Kumira Highway Police said a Chattogram-bound truck hit the motorcycle of Nipon around 5am, killing him on the spot.

Police have arrested the truck driver and his assistant, he said.

Road accidents in Bangladesh

Road accidents continue to rise in Bangladesh with the country seeing 439 deaths in 417 accidents in November 2020, according to Road Safety Foundation (RSF), an organisation working to ensure safer roads.

A World Bank report published in February, 2020 said Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated extra $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.

The report pointed to the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads caused by a chronic lack of investment in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.

‘Delivering Road Safety in Bangladesh’ pointed to the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads caused by chronic lack of investment in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.

It also identifies relevant investment priorities to reverse the trend.

The report said annual road crash deaths per capita in Bangladesh are twice the average rate for high- income countries and five times that of the best-performing countries in the world. It highlights that children and working-age population are most affected by road crash injuries in Bangladesh.