Road accident kills two top bureaucrats in Bangladesh

Two top Bangladeshwere killed when a jeep they were travelling in collided head-on with a passenger bus at the suburban Manikganj area near the Bangladeshi capital, police said.

Updated: Jul 31, 2010, 16:14 PM IST

Dhaka: Two top Bangladeshi bureaucrats were
killed on Saturday when a jeep they were travelling in collided
head-on with a passenger bus at the suburban Manikganj area
near the Bangladeshi capital, police said.

Women and Children Affairs Secretary Razia Begum and
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC)
Chairman Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman died in the accident on the
Dhaka-Paturia Highway in Manikganj when they were on their way
to western Gopalganj to attend an official programme of Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"The tragic incident took place about 6.45 am" in Manikganj, 75 km from Dhaka, when the passenger bus hit the
Pajero jeep carrying the officials, Manikganj`s police chief
Mohammad Masud Karim told PTI.

He said both the officials succumbed to their wounds at a
local facility, while the driver of the jeep and a police
gunman accompanying them were being treated at a specialised
hospital in Dhaka.

Both the injured were in critical
condition.

Rahman, who was serving as the BSCIC chief with the
status of an additional secretary to the government, had lost
his two daughters in another road accident at eastern Comilla.