Two children, Hridoy Islam (6) and Al Amin (6), died when sand was crushed while digging with a dredger in Karatoya river in Boda upazila of Panchagarh. The incident took place in Karatoya river in Shikarpur area of Benghari Banagram union of Boda upazila on Wednesday night (8pm). The deceased were identified as Hridoy, son of Rafiqul Islam and Al Amin Hasan Ali.
Police and locals said Al Amin and Hridoy went to play in the river next to their house on Wednesday afternoon. When evening came but they did not return home, the family members started looking for them. At one stage, they saw a dredger machine used for dredging the river where one could see the feet of sand and water coming out. The bodies of the two were later recovered from under the sand. It is believed that they were inadvertently buried in the sand of the dredger at that place.
Boda police sub-inspector Zahid Hasan said an unnatural death case had been registered at the police station.
Patharrechar Bazar of Danghara Union No. 1 under Sanandabari PIC of Dewanganj upazila of Jamalpur and Patharerchar bridge protection dam is the only means of communication in the northern region.
For several days a cycle had been illegally extracting sand from the dam using a shallow machine-driven dredger. The Jinjiram Bridge, the only bridge connecting the northern region with the Patharchar Bazarraksha Dam, is now under threat. With the help of the administration, illegal sand extraction is going on sometimes during the day and sometimes at night.
Sand extraction resumed a day or two after the operation. Dewanganj Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate conducted a campaign on Wednesday (April 21) at noon to prevent such activities. Asaduzzaman.
During the operation, a dredger machine was set on fire and about two and a half hundred pipes including various tools of the dredger were smashed. Upazila Project Implementation Officer Enamul Hasan was present at the time.
A team of police including SI Aftab Uddin of Sanandabari PIC and ASI Selim.
Assistant Commissioner (Land) said. Asaduzzaman told Kaler Kantha, “Mobile courts are being conducted almost every day. The operation against illegal extraction of sand with dredgers in the vicinity of government installations will continue.