Criminal proceedings have been instituted against deputy prosecutor causing fatal traffic accident in Dushanbe, in which famous Tajik pop singer Bahrom Ghafouri was killed.

“Criminal proceedings against former deputy prosecutor of Dushanbe’s Firdavsi district, Islom Anvarzoda, have been instituted under the provisions of Article 212 (4) of Tajikistan’s Penal Code – violation of traffic rules and rules of use of a vehicle,” a source within the Tajik Prosecutor-General’s Office told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, Anvarzoda was fired from work after the accident.

“Investigators have not yet begun to question Anvarzoda, who is still in a hospital,” the source added.            

Famous Tajik pop singer Bahrom Ghafouri was killed in the morning of August 7 as Land Cruiser 200 crashed into heavy truck KamAz.

The Interior Ministry’s website says the accident took place at around 4:00 am on the Roudaki Avenue near the Tajik Teachers’ Training University.

Bahrom Ghafouri was reportedly riding in the vehicle as a passenger.

Deputy prosecutor of Dushanbe’s Firdavsi district, Islom Anvarzoda, 29, was driving Land Cruiser.  He was reportedly speeding and crashed into heavy truck KamAz. 

As a result of the collision, Bahrom Ghafouri died on the spot while the driver and another passenger, Bahodour Zaripov, 34, resident of the Kangurt village in the Temourmalik district of the Khatlon province, were reportedly rushed to a hospital.  They are in serious condition.

According to the Interior Ministry’s website, medical examination has shown that they were in a state of drunkenness.  

Hundreds of fans came to bid farewell to Bahrom Ghafouri.  In accordance with Islamic traditions, Ghafouri was buried before dawn on the same day in a Dushanbe cemetery.

Bahrom Ghafouri, 44, started his singing career 20 years ago and had issued 10 albums that became very popular in Tajikistan and neighboring countries.

In 2011 and 2014 he won the prestigious Big Apple Music Award, an annual event held in New York City that honors international music from Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East.