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4 cops killed as train hits pick-up van

At least four policemen were killed and seven others injured on Friday night while a train tossed a pick-up van off the road at Dhelapeer level crossing under Saidpur in Nilphamari.
The deceased were identified as Shamsul Haque, Maidul Islam, Shariful Islam and Faruk Hossain — constables of Saidpur Police Station.
Four critically injured policemen were sent to Dhaka on Saturday afternoon for better treatment.
The level crossing had neither gate barriers nor a gateman.
Saidpur police sub-inspector Kartik Chandra said they were going to nearby village Porarhat to fetch some accused in a pick-up van and a motorcycle on Friday night.
‘At the crossing, a bulb was hanging from a bamboo, because of which we could not see the headlights of train. Around 11:30pm, the van was crossing the level crossing,’ he said.
Instantly, the Nilphamari Express on Nilphamari-Dhaka route hit the van, leaving it to ram against trees by the side of the rail tracks, he said.
Shamsul and Maidul died on spot while Shariful died at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital early Saturday, said Saidpur police duty officer subinspector Shahana.
On Saturday morning, another injured, Faruk, died at the hospital.
After janaza at Nilphamari police field, the bodies were sent to their respective house, the officer added.
Critically injured subinspector Nazmul Hossain, assistant subinspector Abdul Aziz, constable Saddam Hosssain and constable Ripan Chandra were sent to Dhaka, agencies report.

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