January 14, 2017 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – A woman spits fire on the last day of Bengali month Paush. This traditional festival is locally known as Sankranti. People of the old Dhaka celebrate Shakhrine with colorful kite flying during the day and fire eating and performances after dark.
May 16, 2013 – Chittagong, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi police urge people to move to safer areas ahead of the arrival of tropical cyclone Mahasen in Chittagong, Bangladesh. People living in coastal areas in Bangladesh and Myanmar are being evacuated as cyclone Mahasen is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday, according to news reports. (Credit Image: © Monirul Alam/ZUMAPRESS.com)
April 6, 2013 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Islamic activists march to Dhaka’s business hub Motijheel turning it into a human sea as thousands of people poured into the area to join the mass rally of radical Islamist organization Hefajat-e Islam to press home its 13-point demands including capital punishment of atheist bloggers for ‘defaming’ Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). (Credit Image: © Monirul Alam/ZUMAPRESS.com)
March 28, 2013 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Police point a gun at a home owner during a search for protesters who took part in a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The BNP and its allies enforced a 36 hour general strike across the country mainly to demand the release of more than 150 of their leaders and activists detained earlier this month. (Credit Image: © Monirul Alam/ZUMAPRESS.com)
March 11, 2013 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – BNP acting secretary MIRZA FAKHRUL ISLAM ALAMGIR (C) is detained after members and supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) clashed with police Monday. Hundreds of stone-throwing anti-government protesters were denouncing the trials of several opposition politicians accused of crimes stemming from the country’s 1971 independence war. © Monirul Alam
March 10, 2013 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi Hindu devotees perform rituals to celebrate Maha Shivaratri, the great night of Shiva, at a temple in Narayangonj Kali Mandi on the outskirts of Dhaka. The Hindu festival is marked by fasting and offering prayers in a night-long vigil. Maha Shivaratri, literally meaning the night of Shiva, is celebrated on the 13th night and 14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar every year with an aim to please the all powerful Lord Shiva. © Monirul Alam
I was their around 6.30 am. on the Dhaka airport train station to cover the people’s train journey on upcoming Eid Holidays. Thousands of home bound people left Dhaka and to go to their village town celebrating Eid with their loved ones. Yes, it wills an amazing to see when train arrives on the station. I stand on the foot over bridge to take photos and observe the whole situation.
At that time one of train passenger came to me and asked, Are you journalist and said , I came here yesterday at 6.00 pm. to go to my home town in Lal Monirhat but my train is not to coming on time and authority said, It will possible to come around at 8.00 or 9.00 am these morning ! I am just waiting for long time and spend 200 tk. for my food; I spent one night on the station platform and fall sick.
I looked him and pay attention his problem but not to find any solution. I think this is our system every Eid holidays home bound people are regularly facing these problem. Atik Hossain work in a garments factory in the Dhaka city, he also said, I don’t have any ticket yet, my train name Rangpur Express, maybe I will try to ride on the train roof, I know it’s a risky journey but I don’t have any other way.
I am really pained at heart to read today’s news paper Eight people died falling off the roof of running trains in Tangail and Bogra district on Friday night and yesterday. But people are not to pay much attention and not to bother about the news. I think people really mad to go their village any way. But the painful news is that every year home bound people take these risks by train, launch and bus journey and is in occurred an accident.
However, when the train arrives in the station, it’s already overcrowded look like a human sea. Within a few minutes people rush on the train and agitate each other to boarding on the train. Finally they are happy to go to their home to take a risky journey on the train roof. I hope to safe their journey and to celebrate the Eid-al-Azha with their loved ones.
Eyewitness, monirul alam, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 06. November 2011. http://monirul.photoshelter.com/