Mirsarai tragedy: Untimely deaths of indomitable youths, their dreams

PBC News:  Ziaul Huque Sajib, known as ‘Sajib Master,’ even being a drop out from college due to financial crisis dared to take up teaching profession by opening a coaching center just three months before the tragic train accident in Mirsarai upazila in Chattogram that claimed his and ten more young lives.

On Friday, eleven people, all aged between 20 to 30, died after a speeding express train hit the microbus carrying them at a level crossing in Mirsharai. Seven of them were SSC and HSC examinees, while three of them were young teachers from a coaching center named ‘R&J Private Care’ and another was the microbus driver.

The whole locality of Amanbazar area of Hathazari upazila wore a grim look Saturday when those youths who were full of life just one day ago on their way to Khoiyachora waterfall had returned to be laid to rest forever.

Hundreds of people crowded Khandakia Chamadia Government Primary School to attend the namaz-e-janaza and to bid adieu to the youths of Khandakia village for the last time.

“My son used to say he will take all the responsibilities of the family as he grows up. He was fulfilling our dreams despite all the obstacles but that accident snatched Shajib from us. Now how will we live without you dear!,” cried Sajib’s father, Hamid, a middle aged man who works as a retail shop staff in the village.

The 22-year old Sajib was a meritorious student of Omar Gani MES College’s Maths Department but in 2018 his dream to acquire higher education shattered after his father could not admit him to second year due to shortage of money.

However, Sajib’s indomitable spirit toward education and life made him look forward as he continued to support his family by giving tuition to local students.

As he was valued for his merit and teaching skill Shajib decided to open a coaching center taking loan of Tk 50,000 along with two more youths named Wahidul Alam Jishan, 23, and Redwan Chowdhury.

In just two months, they managed to repay Tk 10,000 of the loans as their dream initiative “R&J Private Care,” a coaching center at Jugirhat College Road area got good response from SSC and HSC examinees aiming to excel their results.

Two days ago Sajib and the other two teachers planned to take some of their students to see the natural beauty of Khoiyachora Waterfall.

On Friday, at 8:00am, they started for their destination on a rented microbus driven by Golam Mostafa Niru, 26, from the Aman Bazar area. After visiting the waterfall they started their journey back home around 1:30pm.

But as they near Bara Takia Station’ level crossing which was unmanned then, Chattogram-bound Mahanagar Provati Express from Dhaka ploughed through the microbus, dragging it around a kilometre down the railway track, where the train also stopped.

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