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Tareque, Mishuk among 5 killed

Passenger bus crushes film-making unit on microbus at Manikganj; Tareque's wife Catherine among injured

The wreck of the microbus that was carrying Tareque Masud, Mishuk Munier and others lies at the accident site of Ghior in Manikganj yesterday. Inset, Tareque Masud and Mishuk MunierPhoto: STAR

Noted filmmaker Tareque Masud, media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk and three others died yesterday in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj, sending shockwaves through the nation.

Tareque's wife Catherine Masud, painter Dhali Al Mamun, his wife Dilara Zaman Jolly and film production staff Saidul Islam were injured in the accident. They are now receiving treatment at the Square Hospital in the capital.

The wounded are now out of danger, said Syed Modasser Ali, health adviser to the prime minister.

The microbus carrying the team to Manikganj town collided head-on with a bus on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Ghior in the afternoon. The team was on its way to meet the Manikganj deputy commissioner for permission to shoot for Tareque's latest project “Kagojer Phool” after visiting a shooting spot in Shibalaya upazila.

Police found the bus 40-50 yards off the spot.

Film production crew Wasim and Jamal, and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman are among the dead.

Bodies of Tareque Masud and Chief Executive Officer of ATN News Ashfaque Munier, popularly known as Mishuk Munier, would be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at 10:30am today for people to pay last respects, said Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote.

Body of Mishuk will be brought to ATN News office at Karwan Bazar at 10:00am today, reported the private television station.

Their bodies were kept at the mortuary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Rois Uddin, officer-in-charge of Ghior Police Station, told The Daily Star that a Chuadanga-bound bus from Dhaka collided with the microbus travelling to Manikganj town in Joka area at about 12:15pm.

The bus left Dhaka with nearly 50 passengers after 10:30am. It was travelling at high speed when it hit the microbus coming from the opposite direction, said several passengers of the bus.

“The passengers told us that they could hardly see anything outside as it was raining heavily at that time,” said Noor-e-Alam, assistant superintendent of police of Shibalaya Circle.

The driver did not slow down the bus even before taking a left-turn in Joka area. It hit the microbus at high speed after travelling about 10 yards from the turn. Half of the microbus was smashed on impact.

“I saw five bodies tangled in the wreckage. The wounded were trying to crawl out of it,” said 70-year-old Bomkesh Sarker, who lives just 15 yards off the scene.

Locals rushed there to rescue the victims and one of them informed police about the incident.

Catherine Masud, painter Dhali Al Mamun and his wife Dilara Zaman were whisked off to Manikganj Sadar Hospital at about 12:45pm.

They were later taken to the Square Hospital in the capital.

The five bodies were first taken to Manikganj Sadar Hospital morgue at 2:00pm and then to Dhaka Medical College morgue around 6:00pm.

Bodies of Wasim, Jamal and Mostafizur have been handed over to their respective families, mentioned Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu.

The bus driver left the vehicle with passengers 40-50 yards off the spot after the accident.

“The bus staff fled the scene leaving the vehicle,” said Noor-e-Alam.

Police seized the bus and took it to Borongail police outpost.

The bus driver, Jamir Uddin, is from Daulatdiar village in Chuadanga, reports our Kushtia correspondent.

Bus owner Mujibul Haque Khokon said Jamir has been driving bus for three decades and working for him for the last two years.

Khokon claimed that he lost contact with Jamir after the accident.

“If I manage to contact Jamir, I'll ask him to surrender,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia, and leaders of socio-cultural organisations expressed deep shock at the deaths.

The communications ministry formed a three-member committee, headed by Arifur Rahaman of Roads and Highways Department, to probe the accident, reports UNB.

The committee has been asked to submit report in a week.

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What a tragedy! Tareque Masud was one of our best and now, we have lost him forever. The question is who will be the next to die from these reckless drivers?

: Dev Saha

It is a great loss for us. We lost a noble man.

: Dhiman Gain


  • Jawad
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:56 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    A tragic, tragic loss. From newspaper reports, it seems like the driver of the unfortunate microbus was to blame for his foolhardiness. How many times have we or our drivers overtaken another vehicle on a two-lane highway without regard to the risks associated just to save a few minutes? Isn't it about time that we became more aware about such things and to put the blame on where it belongs, NOT on the government, but squarely on us and our drivers? This tragic incident with fatal consequences ought to answer that question.

  • Dr Reza Khan- nature lover
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:58 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    The accident is horrific. The loss is irreparable and unimaginable. Only solution to control our rogue drivers is to give death sentence to any driver who kills a person, the drivers must pay "blood money" to the family of deceased to the tune of Taka 25 lac for each person killed irrespective of whose fault it was. This amount must come from full or third party car insurance that will cover damage to the life and properties. If the victim's family does not accept the blood money then the guilty must be hanged. We must make such a law in the country. No car will be allowed into the road unless and until it has full or third party insurance.

  • Kamal Mostofa
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 01:12 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    It is so sad to hear this kind news. I think, this is pretty normal for Bangladesh where there is no environmental control and law and order. Few days ago I was talking to Mishuk Bhai at Dupont Circle, Washington, DC that we don't need slogan for liberation movement any more, we need slogan for Bangladesh clean environment instead. He agreed with me. Now he himself a victim of Bangladeshi bad environment and gave his life. God bless him and his families patient during this loss.

  • mohammad sorforaj meah
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 01:22 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    great loss for the country.

  • A Choudhury
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 01:53 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I am really sorry to hear the death of the two most dedicated & patriotic

    heroes of our Nation. We have lost the two valiant & talented citizen of our Nation. Its a great loss. I & my family wish to share the loss of the Nation & their families. I only hope

    Katherin Masud recovers fully &

    wish to pass my condolence to her.

    Joy Bangla Joy Bangagabandhu

  • Anonymous Bangalee
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:07 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Road accidents causing loss of human life have been happening in Bangladesh for a long time. This is one of the saddest. First of all, the minister of transportation should resign. He should take full responsibility for all the accidents and the loss of life.

    Roads are the lifeline of the country and they should be reconstructed in line with the demands of modern transportation. They should be widened, repaired and maintained for smooth transportation. They should be safe and comfortable for the people who use roads.

    Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the priority of the government. The Prime Minister is obsessed with the construction of an international airport but never thought of road transportation.

    So, ask the minister of transportation to resign, reconstruct the road system for the whole country.

  • Faqrul Quadir USA
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:10 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    What a tragic end to lives which included two noted personality of Bangladesh. Tareque Masud and Mushik Munier.

    It is a tragedy for those who expected more to keep our memory alive to remember those who lost their lives during war of liberation and those who lost their dignity at the hands of the occupied forces and their local fanatics.

    I am sure both of them have left a dream to fulfil. Now it rests on the new generation to come forward and complete their incomplete task.

    Our heart felt condolences to the families who died in this tragic accident. The social cost is not measureable but remains to be seen how as a nation we meet the cost.

  • Jiihad
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:27 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Just wondering everytime something happen in our country our government formed committee but what does this committee help us with?

  • Sharif,London
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:48 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    What a sad news. Road accident one of the regular news in our roads. The police and the government are the main culprit behind this situation. If our police kindly avoid the bribes and goverment implement the strict driving licence methods and then it will be easy to control this types of horrific accidents. In the meantime, need to maintain the roads and awareness of the highway rules. It is true that our politics totally poisonous and that's why gereral people are suffering ... Road accident, high price, water, load shadding ...!!!!?

  • mohd
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 03:54 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Now for few days there will be black badges and shokshobha ..rather than fixing the roads we will waste billions on the new airport! The driver of the bus was at fault for driving like crazy. So, we also need real drivers ed. How much will it cost to update all drivers record to a database? And then make sure that after 5 years all drivers are retested. You will weed out all the bad apples slowly every year. Another point is all the passengers need to inform unsafe driving. How about using cell phones for it? They can text drivers license no etc and comment to a repository which could be checked by concerned authority. It should be made mandatory for all drivers of commercial vehicles to have copy of the drivers license pasted on the door way or somewhere visible to all.

  • Md. Shaheen Hossen Gazi
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 03:31 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I am very shocked. We lost two prominent filmmakers, creative, innovative, dynamic and meritorious persons. I want legal action, justice and hard punishment.

  • Rahman
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:48 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    These types of unusual death are happening every day by hazardous road accidents in our country. People of Bangladesh rewarded high tribute to Tareque Masud and Ashfaque Munier Mishuk, but we know that their death is irreplaceable. What action would be taken by the concern authority for this matter, we need proper justice against miscreant driver. Overall, again we are shouting to create safe journey environment for us. It is mandatory to build aroad divider on¯ every highway of our country. It would be important to set-up speed limit CCTV¯ in different inter-districts highways and also crowded places of different cities immediately. Otherwise head-on collisions will never be stopped. We know inactive communication minister will never care about people's demand, so we are asking kind attention of our Prime Minister about this matter.

  • Syed
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 04:45 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Naturally we have to die, but we can't allow unusual dropping of lives. Masud and Misuk were one of them. We have lost two international standard artists. We pray for them.

  • Palash
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 04:52 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    This is a national tragedy. Filmmaker like Tareque Masud are not born everyday. When will the government take strict measure to reduce road accident in our country?

  • SNH
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 05:04 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I'm deeply shocked. I have nothing to say but to regret. We have not only lost some bright citizens but teachers or educators who could enlighten countless youths with their outstanding wisdom. Rest in peace.

  • Firoz Mannan
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 06:04 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    How many lives like Traeque Masud need to be sacrificed and how many accidents like Mirsarai are needed? Does our government see these to do something? Just sending condolences is definitely not enough.

  • Dr Islam
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 06:19 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Is a conspiracy going on to make the country 'talent free'?

  • Saiful
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 06:50 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    What a tragic loss of enlightened persons! Such accident became a regular incident. Whenever any famous person die, it touch our hearts. Similarly, an ordinary man means whole world to his or her dearest ones. Please, please, please do everything to stop the reckless drivers.

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 06:52 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Sheikh Hasina may rebuild the roads of the country and name it after Bangabandhu. I hope that will satisfy her.

  • Sazzad
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 06:57 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Its really the saddest news for the country as we are facing this fatal and unstoppable happenings each and everyday. We are now victim of accident and I don't know what our govt is doing. We are very unfortunate for not having any patriotic politicians or govt who really work for the community. Rather when they are in opposition, they speak with melody and sweetness but after getting power they forget everything. Its time for mass people raising voice and we do not want to see more fatal incidents like this anymore.

  • Bhadra sana
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 07:20 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Deaths are fatal!

  • Scarecrow
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 08:18 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Will the three-member investigation committee only answer to such horrific incident? Shame on us! Shame on the authorities concerned!

  • Sairul
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 08:19 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Virtually we are dumb for occurring this dead and now continuing death carnival by road crashes, Rab, BSF!

  • Happy
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 08:24 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    What will happen if the three-member committee even place a report? Will this country get back these two personalities ever? Is it possible to return them to their family members? Can Bangladesh give birth such qualified, true patriot persons? Bangladesh lost two icons of the country. The three-member committee neither can bring them back nor can make any law to stop providing fake license to the drivers.

  • Atique
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:03 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Communication Minister should be promoted to Prime Minister!

  • Navid, Melbourne
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:05 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    We should remember the nightmare. This requires us to get rid of corruption from transport sector. We all know that starting from the top political leader to petty traffic police on the road, there is a long list to chase and this is not an isolated event in Bangladesh. Think and act. Let us find reasons to be united and act. This loss is personal, national as well as international.

  • Atique
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:14 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Communication Minister should be promoted to Prime Minister!

  • Mirza Syful Alam
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:27 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)


  • Ohidur Rahman
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:38 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I think accidents occur mostly due to driver's poor educational background, a driver incurs no monetary loss and dies only if all other passengers have died, and if he lost his job, he would get another opportunity.

  • M Islam
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:39 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Very shocking! We lost our talents. It is also a matter that Manikganj area is going to very dangerous for driving. Everyday an accident happens there. So, the route is being very risky. The authority should take special step for this route. However, we are mourn for this of valuable loss.

  • Nasarullah
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:59 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Death is inevitable but immature death is very painful, heartbreaking and there is no way to console if those deaths spoil new hopes through their respective contributions, ideas and visions to make country's image higher. I don't have many words to say. I pray for salvation of the souls. May Allah gives strength the family members. Faulty road design and poor road management with huge corruptions by the authority concerned are responsible for such accident. Reckless driving and inexperienced drivers with false driving license are reasons of these. Irresponsible pedestrians, frequent road crossing, poor monitoring and supervision, road side establishments, inadequate road divider, poor maintenance and repairing- all are behind these incidents.

  • Shameem
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:05 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    How long will such reckless drivings continue? When will we see proper traffic law? Unthinkable loss is never expected.

  • Muntasir H
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:26 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Thanks to the government that it has not yet donated any money to their family members! That's the level of responsibilities it have only. One lac new driving licenses through political lobbying will kill more people shortly. Where are we living? I am hopeless.

  • Shoeb Chowdhury
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:37 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Communication Minister needs to quit as soon as possible. Whole nation is facing death risk due to his nonsense job!

  • MahtabBangali
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 11:00 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I mourn and mourn. It seems in every journey nobody knows the journey is the last or not!

  • Iqbal Mahmood
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:03 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I'm sorry to hear the death of the two most dedicated and patriotic heroes of our Nation. We have lost two valiant and talented citizen of our Nation. Its a great loss. Me and my family wish to share it with the nation and their family members.

  • Saber Rana
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:42 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    We are living in hell because nobody respects the law. So it's happening again & again. It is our great loss 2 brave hero's.

    Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:36 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Two prideful person of my country have been lost. I have no languages to comment them !

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 11:40 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Munier Choudhury was killed by Pakistan government, his son Mishuk was killed by Bangladesh government by its negligence in taking care of the roads and non-enforcement of the traffic rules.

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:47 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I think I speak for all when I say: We want an end to this reckless driving

    Sunday, August 14, 2011 01:15 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    We are very regretful for them.

  • Sayem
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 04:18 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    We must make the entire highway single lane as soon as possible. The government should do this immediately before losing other talents of the country. We do know that no one can prevent accident but we should apply the best method. If the government not doing that, they are responsible for all the incident. After death of the talent if we mourn, or express condolence, or show sympathy to their family what they will get. Sympathy will not bring the life like before ever.

  • Zulker Nayeen
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 04:02 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    It's common phenomena in Dhaka-Aricha Highway. Nevertheless, I could not believe that we have lost our two stars in this common way. Shame to Bangladesh...hate to those who had designed such a defective and narrow Highway.

    Sunday, August 14, 2011 01:27 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Who will bear the liabilities of that. Is government present in Bangladesh with regards from Feni to Manikgonj. I always at the time of journey or stay on road or besides of road afraid to death

  • Z Hossain
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:14 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    What an unsafe country we have created for ourselves! Two promising talents get run over by a bus - that's simple.

    One lakh Taka was the price for deaths of our unfortunate masses. I wonder whether the Government has determined the price of these two talents.

  • Niaz Zaman
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:24 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    What a tragedy! How many more people will be killed by reckless drivers before our roads are safe? Has any driver been punished for reckless driving? Why aren't the police cruisers used on the highroads -- as I believe they were meant to be? My deepest sympathies to the bereaved families. But please, please can we do something so that these tragic, senseless deaths do not keep recurring?

  • Md. Kamal Uddin
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:45 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    We have no discipline anywhere. We can feel the government's presence nowhere. Drivers have no literacy, proper training and accountability.

  • Merina
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 03:14 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    It's a great loss for all the people of Bangladesh! Tareque you lightened our culture but we failed to save your light of life. The nation is sorry for you and your family.

  • Belal, Gazipur
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 04:57 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    How long we have to hear the same statements from the authority and the government that 5 or 10 member of a team has been formed to investigate the real causes behind the accident but the real thing is that our roads remain unsafe.

  • Mong Ching
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 11:01 PM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    Often the drivers are blamed for the rash driving and resultant accidents. But we need also consider the long-distance drives the drivers take...Do they get enough rest and sleep to be ready for a long trip? Last week I came from Bogra to Chittagong. On Hanif line it took me about fifteen hours to get to Chittagong. On the way the driver twice fell asleep while in the long queue and we had to wake him up! After wake-up he acted abnormally and started pulling the bus at hyper-speed!

    Later after much request and threat he acted normally. Even if we attach supercomputers or chips on these vehicles they will always be subject to human error. And enough sleep is enough sleep. The owners and those who hire the trucks and covered vans must also look at the human dimension.

  • Shovon
    Monday, August 15, 2011 12:08 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    We immediately need road-dividers on highways to avoid such tragic collisions. The divider will probably slow down vehicle's normal speed, it may also create traffic jams, but at least we won't lose our beloved ones like this incident.

  • Monir
    Monday, August 15, 2011 12:14 AM GMT+06:00 (235 weeks ago)

    I could not believe it when I came to know Tareque Masud, Mishuk Munier and others are no more among us. What great loss for us! I pray to Almighty for their departed souls. We have to stand up against this reckless driving. The communication ministry should take more initiatives which may ensure a secured journey.

    Monday, August 15, 2011 11:23 AM GMT+06:00 (234 weeks ago)

    Still our commerce minister told the media that roads are fine for traveling and Naval minister is ridiculously recommended for the license of a driver who had no previous training. This is the reality. Hate this government.

  • Shah Jalal
    Monday, August 15, 2011 12:43 PM GMT+06:00 (234 weeks ago)

    Everyday we have lost many lives like Tareque Masud and Mishuk. They were real asset of the country. So, it is a request to the government to take a immediate actions to protest accidents. Open free driving schools and after completing training give the driving licenses. Make drivers conscious about lives and accidents as most of them are uneducated.

  • Shah Jalal
    Monday, August 15, 2011 12:53 PM GMT+06:00 (234 weeks ago)

    The government, please take immediate steps. Everyone was a real asset for Bangladesh. Please realise it.

  • Sarazeen
    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 02:24 PM GMT+06:00 (234 weeks ago)

    We don't want any condolence we want actions to be done. If government isn't mighty enough to safeguard it's mob, there's no way we can survive our ill-fate

  • Nil
    Tuesday, September 6, 2011 02:18 PM GMT+06:00 (231 weeks ago)

    No speech is appropriate for expressing condolence for such a national loss.





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