Netrokona counts 261 unnatural deaths in 2021
Published: 07:14 PM, 12 January 2022
Netrokon Adhunik Sadar Hospital
In Netrokona, 261 people died unnaturally in 2021. The deaths were caused by killings, suicides, road accidents, electrocution and drowning from January to December last year. Most of these unnatural deaths were caused by road accidents.
A source at Netrokona Modern Sadar Hospital informed this on Wednesday afternoon.
According to sources, 11 unnatural deaths took place in 10 upazilas of the district in 2021’s January, 12 in February, 28 in March, 21 in April, 25 in May, 23 in June, 27 in July, 29 in August, 30 in September, 16 in October, 20 in November and 19 unnatural deaths occured in December.
However, according to the concerns, the number of unnatural deaths is more than the official figure. Usually, when someone dies in a road accident, drowning and electrocution in a remote area, many people bury the bodies without informing the administration “in fear of police harassment and autopsy”. These deaths are not “officially recorded”.
“In order to prevent road accidents, first of all, BRTA authorities, District Transport Owners Association and District Motor Vehicle Workers Employees Union have to give necessary training to all types of vehicle drivers. Besides creating skilled drivers, they need to be made aware of the rules of how to drive properly on the road,” said Alpana Begum, a member of ‘Nirapod Sarak Chai’ of the Netrokona district branch.
She added that the traffic department needs to work with more “honesty and sincerity” to ensure that no one drives under the influence of “minors, incompetents and drug addicts” and that everyone must obey the traffic rules.
Netrokona BRTA Assistant Director Engineer Mubarak Hossain said, “We are working to increase the awareness of driver-helpers and pedestrians from their respective places with the necessary training for bus and truck drivers.”
Netrokona Superintendent of Police Md. Akbar Ali Munshi said the police are working to implement security laws to prevent road accidents. Besides, the police department is conducting awareness-raising activities among drivers, helpers and pedestrians to prevent road accidents and comply with traffic laws.
The SP said the police department would immediately file a case in case of any road accident in the district and the accused drivers would be arrested and brought under the law.