Uttara girder accident: Helper was operating the crane...

Uttara girder accident: Helper was operating the crane

  Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:49 PM, 18 August 2022   Updated: 10:11 PM, 18 August 2022

Uttara girder accident: Helper was operating the crane- Collected

Uttara girder accident: Helper was operating the crane- Collected

The crane, which lost balance and dropped a girder on a Gazipur-bound car killing five people on Monday, was operating by the helper of the main operator during the accident, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said.

The main operator of the vehicle Al Amin was instructing his helper Rakib Hossain, who has no licence or training to operate a crane, from outside.

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of Legal and Media Wing of RAB, said this while addressing a press briefing at RAB Media Centre in the city's Karwan Bazar on Thursday.

He said Al Amin has a licence to drive light vehicles only, not any heavy vehicles. Besides, Al Amin's helper Rakib Hossain was driving the crane on the day of the incident and Al Amin was giving instruction from outside.

However, members of RAB arrested nine people, including crane operator, helper, and security personnel of the contractor company, in connection with the incident.

They were arrested from Dhaka's Jurain, Jatrabari, Kalshi, Savar and Gazipur, Sirajganj and Bagerhat on Wednesday night.

Earlier, on Monday afternoon, a heavy girder lifted by a crane under the government project came crashing down on a passing car on Uttara's Jashimuddin Road, killing five members of a family.

The car’s owner Rubel Mia, 60, his wife Fahima, 40, Fahima’s sister Jharna, 28, and Jharna’s two children, Jannat, 6, and Zakaria, 2, died in the incident.

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