Published: Friday, July 26, 2013

MP Shabur dies in road crash

Driver also killed as car loses control, hits tree

Golam Shabur Tulu

Awami League lawmaker from Barguna-2 Golam Shabur Tulu and his car driver died after their vehicle lost control and plunged into a ditch after hitting a tree in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur Friday afternoon.

The accident, which took place around 4:00pm, left Shabur’s brother Golam Muhith Nilu and two others travelling in the car injured critically.

Abdur Rahman, AL lawmaker from a Faridpur constituency, told The Daily Star that the incident took place in Chumurdi area on the Dhaka-Khulna highway. The 60-year-old legislator died on the spot.

All on a sudden, a wheel of the car on way to Dhaka from Barisal burst and plunged into a ditch after hitting a roadside tree, AL Joint Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif told The Daily Star.

A helicopter has brought Shabur’s body to his Eskaton residence in the capital, Rahman said quoting Faridpur superintendent of police.

This photo dated May 30 taken from the deceased MP’s Facebook profile shows Golam Shabur Tulu explains something to the Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.

The injured — including MP’s brother, his Assistant Private Secretary (APS) Shahidul Islam and Patharghata Adarsha Primary School Headmaster Harunur Rashid — have been admitted to Bhanga Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated. The driver succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President Abdul Hamid, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader, Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddique, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed and Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque, AL Joint Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif and lawmaker Abdur Rahman expressed deep shock at the death of Shabur.

In separate condolence messages, the ministers and party leaders said AL has lost a skilled and dedicated grassroots organiser which is not repairable.

They prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the grieved relatives, friends and admirers of the legislator.