Buriganga launch capsize: Mayur-2 master on 3-day remand

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Abul Bashar Mollah, the master of Mayur-2 launch that hit and sank another vessel in Buriganga river on June 29 killing at least 34 persons, was placed on a three-day remand by a Dhaka court today.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate AFM Maruf Chowdhury passed the order after Md Shahidul Alam of River Police, also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court with a 10-day remand prayer.

Additional Public Prosecutor of Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court Anwarul Kabir Babul confirmed the information to media.

Earlier on Sunday, Abul was arrested from South Keraniganj.

He was one of the seven persons charged with negligence — causing the deaths — in a case filed by River Police with South Keraniganj Police Station following the launch capsize.

Thirty-four people were killed when a small launch, named ML Morning Bird, sank in the Buriganga, after much larger Mayur-2, while being in reverse, horrifically crashed into it near Farashganj Ghat in Dhaka on June 29.

Earlier, Police arrested a staff of the launch Abdus Salam and the owner of Mayur-2 launch Mosaddek on July 7 and July 9 respectively.