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8 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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One killed as launches collide on Meghna

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

A man was killed and 15 others were injured when two passenger launches collided on the river Meghna early yesterday. The accident took place in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj at about 1:00am early hours on Saturday morning. The deceased was identified as Humayun Kabir, 35, son of late Abdul Hye of village Rambhodrapur under Bhedorganj upazila in Shariatpur district. Three of the injured in serious condition are Rosina Begum, 30, Sona Mia,46 and Md. Ruhul Amin. The names of the other injured passengers were not known. The Bangladesh Inland Naval Transport Authority (BIWTA) seized the two launches involved in the accident -- one in Dhaka’s Sadarghat and another from Chandpur.

According to Dhaka River Port sources, MV Bogdadia-13 left Lalkuthighat in Sadarghat for Chandpur’s Charvairbir around 11pm on Friday. On the other hand, MV Manik-4 left Wapda Ghat of Shariatpur for Dhaka on the same night. Both the launches were over crowded with passengers.

Sources further said, poor visibility is likely to have played a key role in the collision between Dhaka-bound MV Manik-4 and Chandpur-bound MV Bogdadia-13.

Inspector Md Mostafizur Rahman, in-charge of Kolagachia river police outpost, said a passenger of MV Manik-4 died on the spot.

According to department of shipping (DoS) sources, a probe committee will be formed on Sunday (today) after receiving a preliminary report regarding the accident.

The DoS has been tasked to set up an inquiry committee to uncover the cause of a naval accident in sub-section 4 of section 4 under the inland shipping ordinance.

While it is customary for senior officials to visit the site after an accident, none of the DoS senior officials have visited the spot yet after the accident, sources said.

When contacted, chief engineer (current charge) of DoS Manjurul Kabir, told The Independent that director general of DoS will form a probe committee regarding the launch accident on Sunday after receiving a primary report. “DoS inspector of Dhaka River Port Habibur Rahman has been asked to submit a report after visiting the spot by Sunday. The DoS authority will form the enquiry committee on the basis of preliminary report,” he added.

Bogdadua-13 is being operated under Messer’s Dhaka River Transport owned by Foyes Ahmed and Shafiqullah Mamun and MV Manik-4 operated under Messer’s Bhuiyan River Transport owned by Siddiqur Rahman Bhuiyan.

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