Md. Mainuddin, Iman Das Gupta and Aninda Kashwal.
Chittagong is home to three Bangladeshi tourists who died after a fire broke out in a few houseboats in Dal Lake, a famous tourist center in Kashmir’s Srinagar.
All three of them went to India for treatment. From there, they met with a fire accident while traveling to Kashmir.
The deceased are – Rangamati Public Works Department Executive Engineer Anindya Kaushal, Chittagong Divisional Engineer Emon Das Gupta and contractor Md. Mainuddin.
Mainuddin and Emon’s house is in Raujan Upazila. And Anindya Kaushal’s house is in Mirsarai Upazila. Anindya joined government service through 30th BCS and Eamon 33rd BCS.
Mainuddin’s close relative Asif Mohiuddin, Deputy Commissioner of Counter Terrorism Unit of Chittagong City Police, told bdnews24.com, “On November 3, all three of them went to India for treatment. From there they traveled to Kashmir. Among them, three people died in the accident yesterday.
“Yesterday (Saturday) after seeing the news of the death of three Bangladeshi tourists on television, we started taking news in different ways. Later their identity was confirmed.”
The deceased Mainuddin is the husband of police officer Asif Mohiuddin’s cousin. Mainuddin has one son and one daughter. The elder daughter is in ninth standard and the son is in third standard.
Chittagong Public Works Department Executive Engineer Rahul Guha was overcome with emotion when asked about Emon Das Gupta.
He said, “I still can’t believe it. In the beginning we get to know the incident from the news of Indian newspapers. Later the authorities there confirmed the identity. We have lost a family member.”
Deputy Assistant Engineer of Rangamati Office of Public Works Joy Barua also cannot accept the death of Anindya Kaushal.
He said, “Sir is supposed to go to Ajmer Sharif. He also told that he was going to Kashmir after work from there. But this incident… I don’t understand anything.”
According to the Indian media, the fire started near ghat number nine of Dal Lake around 5:30 am on Saturday. The fire first broke out in one houseboat and later spread to four other houseboats anchored alongside.
According to Reuters, three Bangladeshi tourists burned to death on one of the five houseboats that burned. Seven people were injured.