Planned killing: Minister
Staff Correspondent: More than 35 bodies recovered as a launch carrying about 100 passengers sank in the Buriganga river along Shaymbazar area in the capital yesterday morning. Meanwhile, a rescue ship of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has left arrived to rescue the ship. However, the divers of the fire service have already started the operation in the Buriganga to rescue the missing passengers. It has been reported that the ‘Morning Bird’ launch on Dhaka-Munshiganj route capsized in the Buriganga river after being hit by another launch named Moyur-2.
According to the locals, the two-storey Morning Bird launch, which left Munshiganj at around 9:00 am, hit the Chandpur-bound Mayur-2 launch just before reaching at Sadarghat Kathpatti Ghat.
Massive casualties are being feared in this incident. Confirming the matter, duty officer at the fire service and civil defense headquarters Rozina Akhter that the launch sank next to the Cumilla dock area.
5-member probe body formed
A five-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the launch sinking carrying more than 100 passengers in the Buriganga River near along the Shaymbazar area in the capital.
Shipping Secretary Mohammad Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury confirmed the matter in the afternoon, saying, “We will take action as per the recommendations of the five-member investigation committee’s report.”
The committee, headed by Md. Rafiqul Islam Khan, joint secretary of the Ministry of Shipping (Development and PPP cell), has been asked to submit a report within the next three working days, he added.
Tk 1.5 lakh compensation per body
The families of each person who died in MV Morning Bird launch capsize in the Buriganga River near Shyambazar will get Tk 1.5 lakh as compensation. Besides, Tk 10,000 is being given for the immediate burial of the deceased. State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury made the announcement while inspecting the accident site.
Fire service divers and the Coast Guard have so far recovered 35 bodies. The rescue operation is still going on.
Planned killing: Minister
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has termed the Morning Bird launch accident as a planned killing. He made the remarks while visiting the accident site yesterday afternoon.
“Under the direction of the Prime Minister, the number of naval accidents has come down to zero in the last few years except for a few isolated incidents. But the accident was planned during the Coronavirus period,” he said.
He said an investigation committee has been formed to find out the cause of the accident. They will report within the next 7 days. Later action will be taken accordingly.
He added that action would be taken against the owners if any negligence found in the management of the launch.
The state minister said CC footage of the accident showed it was a premeditated murder.