Mohammad Sakhawat, class-V student of Abu Torab Government Primary School in Chittagong, plumbs the depths of pain after a road accident yesterday separated him from his twin brother Mohammad Ferdous for life.
Sakhawat played for his school in a football match yesterday while his brother Ferdous cheered him up from the crowd. Having lost the match, Sakhawat exchanged a few words with his twin brother.
The twin brothers parted company as Sakhawat boarded a CNG-run auto-rickshaw with other players to return home. That was the last time he saw his brother alive.
Ferdous along with others rode a truck that plunged into a roadside ditch, said their father Mohammad Waridullah.
Sakhawat was speechless when he saw the bodies of his twin brother and cousin Nur Mohammad at their home at Mandabat village.
Relatives of Saidul Islam, class-VII student of Abu Torab Fazil Madrasa, who also died in the accident, were in mourning at his house at Syed Ali village.
Hearing the news, Saidul’s father Kamal Uddin rushed to Mirersarai from the port city. He fainted seeing his son’s body in the yard.
Saidul’s uncle Abdul Mannan said he panicked when he heard the news of the accident.
“My heart was filled with fear for my son who went to watch the match,” said Mannan.
He was later relieved to see his son in the crowd near the scene of the accident.
Omar Faruq, another student of Abu Torab Fazil Madrasa, also escaped the accident as he got down from the truck at Borotakia Bazar to see his aunt about two kilometres away from the scene of the accident.
Thousands of villagers from Moghadia, Khaiyachara, Mayani and Shairkhali unions attended the namaz-e-janaza for the victims after the Esha prayers.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Amin, Divisional Commissioner Sirajul Islam, Deputy Commissioner Foyez Ahmad and upazila Chairman Gias Uddin attended the namaz-e-janaza.
-With The Daily Star input