River police files case against 7 people over Buriganga launch capsize

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has filed a case against the owner of the launch MV Moyur-2 and its operator over the accident in the Buriganga river that killed 32 people on Monday.

Police officials have seized the vessel but were unable to arrest the launch operator as he managed to escape.

Chairman of BIWTA, Commodore Golam Sadeq, said “We will take tougher action against the culprits soon.”

Cops filed the case with South Keraniganj police station early Tuesday accusing the people, including the owner of Mayur 2 launch Mosaddek Hanif Sowat, Assistant Superintendent of Police (Dhaka zone) Abul Kalam Azad of the river police said.

At least 32 people were killed when launch ML Morning Bird coming from Munshiganj sank in the Buriganga after another launch named Mayur 2 in reverse horrifically crashed into it near Farashganj Ghat in Dhaka on Monday.

Morning Bird, which was coming to Dhaka from Munshiganj, capsized in the river after it was hit by another launch Moyur-2 near Sadarghat launch terminal around 9:30am on Monday, said Shahadat Hossain, a duty officer of the fire service headquarters.

At least 32 passengers died after a launch carrying more than 50 passengers capsized in the Buriganga river in city’s Shyambazar area on Monday morning.

A total of 32 bodies were recovered so far. Several others went missing in the incident. The bodies were sent to the Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in the city.

Some said there was still a possibility that the death toll might rise.

BIWTA and the Shipping Ministry formed two committees to investigate the incident.

The BIWTA probe team was given 72 hours to submit its findings, while the other team was given seven days.