April 14, 2021, 8:10 am

Staff Correspondent

2021-04-05 16:32:48 BdST

Two probe bodies formed on Shitalakkya launch capsize

The government has formed two separate probe committees to investigate the launch capsize in the Shitalakkya river in Narayanganj on Sunday evening.

The fire service so far recovered twenty seven bodies after a Munshiganj-bound launch, carrying over 100 passengers, capsized in the river. However, many passengers of the launch are still missing.

Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah has formed a seven-member probe committee, headed by Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Khadija Tahera Boby, to investigate the incident, said a Narayanganj Sadar upazila official.

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) also formed a four-member investigation committee, led by its director (Maritime Security) Rafiqul Islam, as per the directive of BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq.

The Narayanganj DC also asked the concerned officials to provide Tk 25,000 for burial of each deceased, said the official.

Rabit Al Hasan, the Munshiganj bound launch, sank in the river in Char Syedpur area adjacent to China Bridge around 6pm on Sunday.

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