DHAKA: Renowned film-maker Tareque Masud and ATN News Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashfaq Munier Mishuk are among five people killed in a terrible road accident on the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Gheor upazila of Manikganj district Saturday, sending shockwaves all around.
Production manager Wasim, microbus-driver Mustafiz and Jamal are the three others killed in the fatal mishap, which occurred at a time when shock and awe strikes people`s mind almost every passing day.
Katherine Masud, wife of Tareq Masud and also a film-maker, artist Dhali Al Mamun and his wife artist Dilara Begum Jolly, both teachers of Chittagong Institute of Fine Arts, were also injured critically in the accident. ``The recklessly-driven bus collided violently with the minibus, reducing the minibus to a wreck,`` says a spot account of the accident.
They were first admitted to Manikganj Sadar Hospital and then shifted to Square Hospital in Dhaka.
Borongail Highway police outpost in-charge Rafiqul Islam said, “A microbus carrying Tareque Masud and his team collided head-on with a Chuadanga-bound bus at about 12:15am, killing five on the spot.”
The bodies were shifted to Dhaka from Manikganj Sadar Hospital.
“Tareque Masud along with his film-making team was returning to Dhaka after visiting a shooting spot in Manikganj for a new movie styled Kagajer Phul,” said one of the team members.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed deep shock at the death of Tareque Masud, Ashfaq Munier and the three others in the grim tragedy.
Matir-Moina’ (The Clay Bird, 2002), an exquisite creation of art-form, famed Tareque Masud as one of the foremost independent film directors in Bangladesh. This internationally recognized film director also earned repute by making some other films like ‘Muktir Gaan’ (The Song of Freedom, 1995) and ‘Muktir Kotha’ (The Story of Freedom), 1996.
He also made ‘Ontarjatra’ (The Homeland), 2006 and ‘Runway’, 2010. He was currently busy screening his works in local areas to revive the cinema and film industry as well.
Ashfaq Munier was the son of martyred intellectual professor Munir Chowdhury. He was a teacher of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Dhaka University.
Ashfaq Munier Mishuk also worked as a cameraperson of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Head of Broadcast Operation of Canadian Real Television before joining the ATN News TV channel.
BDST : 1629 HRS, AUG 13, 2011
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