Launch accident in Buriganga
Golam Mostafa Jibon: Driver and Master of MV Mayur-2 launch were basically responsible for the horrific collision with Morning Bird launch on June 29 that left 34 persons dead and many others missing, according to the preliminary reports of separate probe bodies.
Members of the probe bodies have reached to the decision on the basis of CCTV footage, comments of eye witnesses and rescued persons, police and locals. The probe reports of two committees have already been completed, while report of other investigation teams may be submitted today or tomorrow, sources said.
According to the report, Mayur-2 launch reached to the Shyambazar Lalkuthi area of Sadarghat around one and half hours ago compared to the scheduled time on the fateful day of accident.
The driver of Mayur hit Morning Bird launch intentionally that led to the fatal accident on June 29. The Morning Bird launch capsized and drowned into the water instantly.
In the horrific accident, 34 persons including the acting driver of Morning Bird launch died, while many others went missing. The driver, who was also plying the Morning Bird launch, was not so much efficient, it is also alleged.
Shipping Ministry and Bangladesh Inland Water Transports Authority (BIWTA) formed two separate probe committees to investigate into the incident.
The probe bodies also blamed several irregularities and mismanagement for the accident.
They said, “The route has become thin and almost unfit for launch movement due to parking of small and big shaped launches here and there in the river channel. Besides, unbridled grabbing, pollution and construction of illegal installations on the both sides of river by influential quarters are the main among many other reasons behind the frequent launch accidents in the route.”
Seeking anonymity, a member of the BIWTA probe body said, “We have confirmed about the names and identities of two drivers of Mayur-2 launch. One of them is Bashar Alam and another is Jakir Hossain. They got the information about them from BIWTA Traffic Inspector (TI) Selim Mian and Towhidul Islam. The both were also on duty on the spots during the period.”
According to the report, The Mayur-2 launch used to ply between Dhaka and Chandpur route. On the fateful day, the launch reached to the Ghat around one and half hours ago due to massive irregularities and mismanagement of the launch and Ghat authorities.
A member of the probe body formed by Shipping Ministry on condition of anonymity told The Daily Industry that, “Traffic Supervisor Tazrul Islam was not present at his working place, while Morning Bird launch left Mirkadim Ghat in Munshiganj.”
“Though, he has already been suspended for his negligence in duty, he is also responsible for the accident. He should bring to book for negligence,” he added.
Besides, health safety directives were not followed in the both launches during carrying of passengers, the probe bodies claimed.
Rafiqul Islam, Convener of the investigation team formed by Shipping Ministry said, “We are committed to submit report in scheduled time. After submission of the report, more information will bring to focus.”
Joynul Abedin, Convener of BIWTA probe body said, “We have found evidences of many irregularities and mismanagement in this context during the investigation. But, it is not possible to public right now for the sake of further investigation and submission of report to the authorities concerned.”