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Two more blockade victims die

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Two drivers, who sustained injuries in separate incidents of violence in Sylhet and Faridpur during the 131-hour road-rail-waterway blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, died on Friday, taking the blockade death toll to 26, reported UNB.
In Sylhet, an auto-rickshaw driver, who was injured after his vehicle being chased by blockaders overturned in Dakhkhin Surma upazila on Thursday, died at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital (SOMCH) in the morning.
The deceased was identified as Soyeb Ahmed, 30, son of Safique Miah of Telipara village in the upazila.
Hospital sources said activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of BNP, chased the CNG-run three-wheeler of Soyeb at Bypass Road around 11:00am on Thursday, the last day of the protest programme.
Being chased, Soyeb sped away in a bid to get away from the blockaders. However, his vehicle turned turtle on the road due to the high speed, leaving him injured.
He was rushed to the SOMCH where he succumbed to his injuries at about 6am on Friday.
Police filed a case against upazila unit JCD president Kohinoor and its general secretary Maksud Ahmed in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile, a truck driver, who sustained burn injures in an arson attack on his truck in Faridpur on the first day of the blockade on November 30, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital in the morning.
The deceased is Mehedi Hasan, 28, son of Tara Miah of Faridpur Sadar upazila.
Sources at the DMCH said pro-blockade activists set fire to the truck of Mehedi in Harishava area while he was going to Faridpur from Krishnapur with his truck in the morning of November 30, leaving him injured.
He was whisked off to the DMCH on the same day where he succumbed to his injuries around 9:30 am Friday.




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