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Four killed, several injured in fire in train traveling from city bordering India: Officials

Dhaka, Jan 5 (PTI) At least four people, including two children, were killed and several injured here on Friday when suspected arsonists set ablaze a passenger train coming from the port city of Benapole bordering India. The officials gave this information a day before. The main opposition BNP has boycotted the general elections in Bangladesh.

The incident occurred around 9 pm when four carriages of the Benapole Express, which runs from Benapole, a border town in the Indian state of West Bengal, were set on fire when it reached its destination of Kamlapur railway station in the capital.

“So far we have found four bodies… the search is still going on,” Fire Service and Civil Defense spokesman Shahjahan Shikdar told reporters at the scene.

Railway officials said most of the train’s approximately 292 passengers were returning home from India and the train was set on fire as it reached Gopibagh area near the station at 9 pm.

Meanwhile, fire service chief Brigadier General Mohammed Main Uddin said two of the dead were minor children.

A local youth was seen telling private Jamuna TV, “When we tried to bring out a middle-aged man from the train window, he asked me to leave him and save his wife and children inside. “

He said the fire soon engulfed the man and he died shortly afterwards.

A report by Somoy TV said that some Indian nationals were also traveling in the train.

Although railway officials could not immediately confirm how many people were injured, private TV channels said that people from the neighborhood reached the spot first and sent many people injured by the fire to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and some other facilities.

Voting is to be held in Bangladesh on Sunday. More than 100 foreign observers, including three from India, have arrived in Dhaka to monitor the general elections.

Led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is boycotting the general election as it is demanding an interim non-party neutral government to conduct the elections.

The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, led by the ruling Awami League, rejected the demand.

Foreign Ministry officials said a three-member delegation from India’s Election Commission arrived in Dhaka on Friday, while 122 others from various countries were scheduled to arrive ahead of the January 7 vote, which the United Nations said will be closely monitored. Is.

Bangladesh has seen some train-related incidents in recent months.

Unidentified saboteurs set fire to a train on December 19, killing four people, including a mother and child, the day the opposition called a nationwide strike.

In early December, vandals tore up railway tracks after seven trains derailed in Ghazipur on the outskirts of the capital, killing one passenger and injuring dozens.

On January 2, a train carrying about 300 passengers escaped a major accident at the last minute as suspected saboteurs removed 28 dog spikes or hooks from the tracks on a railway bridge in northern Bangladesh.

The Awami League accused the BNP of sabotage, which the party denied. PTI AR RUP RUP

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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