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Cancer patient dies after falling thru shaft of hospital lift

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A 60-year-old cancer patient who was admitted at the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital (NICRH) in Mohakhali, plunged to death in a freak accident after falling from the ninth floor, through the shaft of a lift.

The deceased was identified as Kalam Bepari, a patient of stomach cancer. He was a rickshaw-puller by profession, hailing from Barishal. He was supposed to go through an operation tomorrow (September 18, 2022).

The accident took place on Thursday morning when the lift got stuck between the ninth and tenth floors and its door swung open, leaving a void between the bottom of the lift and the level of the ninth floor.

Kalam could not be found since then. After tracking him in the CCTV footage, police recovered his body this afternoon (September 17, 2022).

“His son Riyad Bepari filed an unnatural death case in connection with the incident. We saw in the CCTV footage that Kalam fell down when the lift went up keeping the shutter open,” Nur-e-Azam Mia, officer-in-charge (OC) of Banani Police Station, told Point Media BD.

Riyad said that his father had been suffering from stomach cancer for the last six months. Upon doctors’ advice, his father was admitted at NICRH on Wednesday for an operation. Then Riyad left for Barishal.

On Thursday around 7:30am, Kalam left his bed and didn’t return. When Riyad came back to see his father this morning, a day before the operation, he didn’t find him anywhere.

Later scrutinising the CCTV footage, it was found that Kalam stood in front of the lift around 7:32am to go downstairs. When the door of the lift opened, Kalam stepped in and fell through the void space of the lift track.

The body was kept at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College morgue for autopsy.

Talking to Point Media BD, Riyad said that the hospital authorities cannot shrug off their responsibilities by keeping such a lift in operation.

“We are from a poor family. We already spent TK 2 lakh for the treatment of my rickshaw-puller father. Such death is sheer negligence by the hospital authority. It was their duty to look for the patient who have been missing for two days,” Riyad said, adding that he filed the unnatural death case as police wanted.

Dr Swapan Kumar Bandyopadhyaa, director at NICRH, did not receive phone calls despite several attempts by Point Media BD.

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