Dhaka, Jun 7(BN/CD): Accidents happen in a blink of an eye. In such scenarios, the first instinct is to protect oneself but constable Parvez Miah committed a rare act of heroism by leaping into a pond to save 26 passengers, including one child when a speeding bus lost control and swerved off the highway, ultimately plunging into a pond.
Parvez Miah, while regulating vehicles at a bus stop near Gouripur, went beyond what was expected of him and performed his duty as a member of society, and more importantly as a fellow human being by shattering windows of the ill-fated bus and guiding the passengers out.
Completely drenched, the constable single-handedly ensured that everyone was safe and unharmed by clearing the way for them to move out of the pond.
For this act of bravery, Parvez Miah was awarded the highest honour granted to a policeman; Bangladesh Police Medal and instantly became a media sensation.
On May 27, however, Parvez Miah was himself a victim of an accident caused by a covered van that lost control. This catastrophe took place when Miah was assigned as surveillance in-charge for the Meghna Bridge Project, in front of Jamaldi Bus stand on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in the Gajaria Upazila of Munshiganj. Parvez was rescued by locals and taken to Gajaria Upazila Health Complex, after which he was shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and then to National institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (Nitor).
In this accident, Parvez severely injured his right ankle and hands.
After initial surgery on his foot proved to be ineffective, top surgeons, in a meeting decided to have his right leg amputated to avoid complications. After a series of surgeries, Parvez was in a better condition, as confirmed by his brother Mohiuddin.
With the help of CCTV footage, the police have been able to nab the driver and helper of the van. The helper, Md Yasil Ullah Mamun, 24, from Kachpur Bridge area was arrested by the police.
Despite his recovery, Parvez was grief-stricken as this incident took place at the prime of his life, a young age of 32.
“I always thought that if I served the country well, the country will do well. If the country did well, I would be well too. How can I do something for my country in this state? My life was a struggle, now it is a merciless battlefield.”, he said.
Having spent all his life-earnings primarily on his family, Parvez had no savings for such an unforeseeable accident.
Sabrina, the wife of Parvez was equally distraught as she was worried about the future of their family and especially their nine-month-old daughter who was suffering from pneumonia.
Parvez’s sister, Ratna said that their family was proud of him for saving the passengers in the bus accident but was saddened at the prospect of telling their mother about Parvez losing his leg in the accident.
May Allah take care of his health and family.
Felt sad after reading this. I want to help this police officer. Pls let me know any contact of this person. Thank you for bringing this heart-breaking story to us. Looks like this is new portal for asians here.