A man has been rescued alive 13 hours after a launch sank in the Buriganga River at Shyambazar in the capital.
He was rescued alive by divers on Monday night.
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.
On information, members of Fire Service, River Police, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard rushed in and launched a rescue operation.
The rescue workers pulled out the bodies of 32 people from the river.
The government has formed a seven-member probe body to look into the launch capsize incident.
The Shipping Ministry has formed the probe team on Monday making the ministry’s joint secretary (development) Md Rafiqul Islam Khan its convener.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said the launch capsize in the River Buriganga is a deliberate murder incident, not an accident.
Talking to reporters while visiting the rescue operation at Sadarghat, he also said the government is going to launch an investigation into the incident to identify whether there is any negligence on the part of the launch owners.
“After watching the CCTV footage, it seems that it’s not an accident, it’s a deliberate murder incident,” the junior minister said.
The government has already announced that each family of the deceased will get Tk 1.5 lakh from the river disaster fund of BIWTA, he said.