Buriganga launch capsize: Charges pressed against 11
Published: 11:04 AM, 24 February 2021 Updated: 06:52 PM, 24 February 2021
Police pressed charges against 11 people, including the owner of the Mayur-2 launch Mosaddek Hanif Swad, in a case filed over a launch capsize in the Buriganga River on June 29 last year killing 34 people.
Investigation officer (IO) of the case Sadarghat River police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Md Shahidul Alam submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court of Dhaka on Tuesday.
The other charge-sheet accused are Mayur-2 launch master Abul Bashar Molla, assistant master Jakir Hossain, supervisor Abdus Salam, driver Shipon Hawlader and Shakil Hasan, launch staff Md Nasir Mridha, Ridoy Hawlader, Selim Hossen, Abu Sayed and Delower Hossain.
The IO also named 42 people as witnesses in the case.
Of the accused, Swad, Salam, Sayeed, Selim and Delwar are now on bail while six others are in jail.
On June 29 last year, at least 34 people were killed when a small launch sank in the Buriganga River as a larger launch in reverse horrifically crashed into it near Farashganj Ghat in Dhaka.
A footage from a Sadarghat CCTV camera on the other side of the river showed that the Morning Bird capsized within seconds after the bigger launch, named Mayur-2, crashed into it while moving backwards.
The three-deck Mayur-2 was on its way to dock at Sadarghat's terminal for Chandpur-bound vessels after unloading passengers at the Lalkuthi terminal.
The following day, SI Shamsul Alam of Sadarghat River Police filed a case with South Keraniganj police station accusing seven by name and many unnamed persons under Sections 280, 304 (Ka), 437 and 34 of the Penal Code.