Fire at ‘MV Abhijan-10’ launch
Two masters of ‘MV Abhijan-10’ surrender before naval court
Published: 01:31 PM, 28 December 2021 Updated: 02:13 PM, 28 December 2021
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Two masters of the ‘MV Abhijan-10’ launch have surrendered before the naval court. After surrendering before the court, they appealed for bail at around 12:00 pm on Tuesday, however, the court has rejected their bail plea.
State Prosecuting Officer Billal Hossain informed this.
According to sources, the launch owner arrested by the RAB has not been taken to the court yet.
Earlier, Hamzalal Sheikh, an owner of the MV Abhijan-10 launch, has been arrested from Keraniganj, Dhaka. Law enforcement agency, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), raided and detained him from the home of one of his relatives.
An arrest warrant was issued against eight people, including four launch owners, in a case filed with a naval court over the blaze.
The accused in the case are – Hamzalal Sheikh, Shamim Ahmed, Russell Ahmed and Ferdous Hasan Rabbi, four owners of the launch company M/S Al-Araf and Company, Riaz Sikder, the master in-charge of the launch, Md. Masum Billah, second master Khalilur Rahman and second driver Abul Kalam.
Noted that a passenger launch ‘MV Abhijan-10’, carrying at least 800 passengers, caught a massive fire on the Sugandha River near Jhalokati terminal at around 3 am on Thursday. 43 people including men, women and children died in that incident. Besides, more than 150 people were burnt and undergoing treatment. Although many jumped into the river to save their lives, more than 50 passengers went missing.