Top four textile talents, the passing out students of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Department of Textile Engineering was killed by a major gas explosion in a six-story building on 25 March at midnight in Bhaluka of Mymensingh. The students were lodging there at night while they were in an internship program in Square Fashions Ltd. Towhidul Islam was killed in the accident on the spot. And other three died while getting treatment of the burns in Dhaka Medical College Hospital Burn Unit in Dhaka. Among the killed students 3 were within the best 50 of Textile Talent Hunt 2017-18. The competition TTH selects best textile engineering students from almost all textile educational institutes throughout the country. All of the four victims of the incident were among the top scorers in their department in KUET.
|TTH ID||Name||Merit position in written test of TTH 2017-18|
|2004||Md. Towhidul Islam||37th|
|2008||Md. Hafizur Rahman||27th|
|2023||Md. Shahin Mia||20th|
Towhidul Islam, Hafizur Rahman, Shahin Mia and Deepto Sarker were four who lodged the house for a short term for their internship program in Square Fashions Ltd. The house later exploded out of gas stock emitted from probable leaks in the connections, police, and others from the spot told to Media.
Towhidul Islam was killed on the spot. On 29th and 30th, March Shahin Mia and Hafizur Rahman died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). All of them were among best 50 talents of Textile Talent Hunt 2017-18. Deepto Sarker died in the morning of 30st March 2018.
We already formed an inspection team from university and after inspection, we will file a case against building owners said, Abdul Jalil, Head, Department of Textile Engineering, KUET. Media reported that the gas connection of the house was illegal.
According to Mamun, officer-in-charge of Bhaluka Model Police Station, an explosion inside the six-story building rocked the Masterbari area around 12:30 am 25th March. On information, police rushed in and found a room on the second floor of the building badly damaged.
According to Square Textile Mills Ltd, four victims of the incident started their internship on 10th March and they were supposed to stay there until 5 April 2018.
Textile Today and other partners of Textile Talent Hunt 2017-18 expressed deep mourn and obituary at the incident and conveyed condolences to the friends and family of all four dead talents.