Lightning strikes kill two men in Barishal

The charred body of 69-year-old Shahid was found on a boat while the body of his son-in-law was stuck in a fishing net

Published : 27 March 2023, 08:47 AM
Updated : 27 March 2023, 08:47 AM

Two fishermen have been killed in lightning strikes while fishing on a river in Barishal’s Mehendiganj Upazila.

The incident took place on the Gazaria River early on Monday, said Md Mojibur Rahman, sub-inspector of Kaliganj River Police Outpost in Mehendiganj.

The dead men have been identified as Shahid Biswas, 69, a resident of Char Ekkaria Union, and his son-in-law Rasel Baperi, 32, a resident of Mehediganj Sadar Union.

Shahid and his son-in-law Rasel went to the Gazaria River to catch fish after offering Taraweeh prayers. They died in lightning strikes at some time during the night, according to Rafique Dafadar, a member of Village Police in Char Ekkaria Union.

“Fellow fishermen found Shahid’s burnt body on the boat in the morning while Rasel’s floating body was stuck in a fishing net.”

The authorities granted permission for the burial of Shahid and Rasel as their families filed no complaints, SI Mojibur said.