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Seven-member probe panel formed over Buriganga launch capsize

29 Jun 2020 18:04, Somoy English Desk
Seven-member probe panel formed over Buriganga launch capsize
Seven-member probe panel formed over Buriganga launch capsize

The government has formed a seven-member probe body to look into the launch capsize incident in the Buriganga River.

The Shipping Ministry has formed the probe team on Monday making the ministry’s joint secretary (development) Md Rafiqul Islam Khan its convener.

 Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) director Md Rafiqul Islam has been made the member secretary of the probe panel.

The committee has been asked to submit a report containing reasons behind the accident, liable individuals or agency and specific recommendations on what to do to avoid such incident in the coming.

Rescue workers pulled out the bodies of 30 people after a launch capsized in the Buriganga River at Shyambazar in the capital on Monday morning.

The dead include women and children, said Fire Service and Civil Defence.

The double-deck ‘Morning Bird’ launch coming from Munshiganj sank in the river after being hit by Chandpur-bound vessel ‘Mayur-2’ while anchoring the Kathpatti ghat around 9am.

Witnesses said there were over 50 passengers in the launch. Although several passengers managed to swim ashore, many went missing. days to the ministry within next seven working days.

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