Bangladesh news June 10, 2014

Sylhet Stadium accident kills three

Three youngsters have died after a rain-soaked boundary wall at the Sylhet Stadium collapsed inside the nearby Lakatura Tea Garden during the early hours of Tuesday.

The victims were sleeping in their tin-shed house when the wall crumbled on them at around 3:00 AM following heavy rain that started on Monday night. The deceased were identified as Nasima Akhtar (17) and his brother Zahed (11)- both children of a tea garden worker Azan Ali- and Ruhul (11), the son of another tea garden worker Kutubuddin who hails from the Srimangal district.

"All of a sudden, we felt something falling on us," Azan told The Daily Star. "Somehow we managed to go out of the rubble but Nasima and Zahed could not."

Locals immediately rushed to the spot to recover two bodies, but the third body was recovered only at around 4:30 AM. The bodies were handed over to the police, who sent them to the Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsies. Following the accident, hundreds of tea garment workers staged a one-hour demonstration on the nearby airport road at around 8:30 AM demanding compensation for the victims' families.

The Sylhet Stadium was one of three World T20 venues and hosted 30 matches, including 24 in the Women's edition. The renovation work for the stadium was delayed last year, causing flutters within the BCB as ICC inspectors visited Sylhet several times until the stadium was reconfirmed as a venue last November.

The sports ministry has formed a four-member inquiry committee which has been given three days to deliver the report. The National Sports Council, the regulatory body of sports in Bangladesh, is the custodian of all stadiums in the country, and its secretary Sibnath Roy said that the wall was built during the 2004-05 fiscal year and was not part of renovation work for the recent World T20.

Mohammad Rahmatullah, the additional commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, has said the police will investigate the matter, while the BCB and the country's state minister for youth and sports Biren Shikdar both expressed their shock over the accident.

"The Sylhet Stadium is an establishment under the jurisdiction of the NSC," the BCB said in a statement. "The BCB has already communicated to the NSC that it expects a comprehensive inquiry into this unfortunate incident."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Muhammad Rakibul on June 11, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    That's really unfortunate. May the souls of these innocent teenagers rest in peace. A wall built in 2004 just collapsed within 10 years! BCB or NSC should file a case against the constructors. Sylhet city police should find out how some tin-shed residences of tea-garden workers were built at the edge of boundary. Was it legal?

  • Anver on June 11, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    What a shocking news !!!! BD board should make an inquiry & take stern actions against the builder & the people responsible.... My Deepest Sympathies to their families !!!!

  • Tapa on June 11, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    3 whys??? - Why BD builders are unable to build an stable stadium wall for any condition? I have never heard such accident happened to any International venue. What a shame for the country. Builders must have built a poor quality wall to make huge profit out of it. - Why stadium authorities allow tea garden people to build their house close to the edge of stadium wall? Every stadium should have a secondary boundary for security reason, especially for an international venue. - Why the authority did not mention about the builder who built this wall? They should be caught and must be fined exemplary.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    R.I.P this is very sad news

  • Sam on June 10, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Not good. Authorities should look into this matter to avoid such pathetic deaths. May their soul rest in peace.

  • Lakmal on June 10, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Deepest sympathies from Sri Lanka...May their souls rest in peace.. :-(

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    so sad to hear about this incident, may their soul rest in peace

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