The rescue operation continued on Tuesday for the second consecutive day to recover the capsized launch in the river Buriganga that sank a day earlier claiming at least 32 lives.
River Police filed a case against the owner and six employees of Mayur-2 which hit the Morning Bird launch minutes before it was scheduled to anchor at Sadarghat Launch Terminal.
A total of seven unidentified people was made an accused in the case filed at Dakkhin Keraniganj police station.
The whereabouts of the master (driver) of the capsized launch was yet to be known, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq.
Morning Bird, a small launch travelling to Dhaka from Munshiganj capsized within seconds in the river with around 50 passengers on board at Farashganj area.
Golam Sadeq told New Age on Tuesday around 10:30am that the rescue operation for recovering the capsized launch continued all night by shifts.
Currently Fire Service, Coast Guard, Bangladesh Navy, River Police and BIWTA are jointly operating the rescue operation, he said.
The chairman said that around 4:00am on Tuesday they lifted the capsized launch with a BIWTA ship - Duranta - but the capsized launch failed to stay afloat and sank again.
Later they dragged the sunken vessel near shore.
Currently they were trying to lift the launch with air bags and Duranta was waiting to lift it further with its crane.
‘Maybe it’ll take five to six more hours to complete the recovery of the launch,’ Golam Sadeq said.
He said that Dakkhin Keraniganj police arrested three people following a case filed by the River Police.
However, Dakkhin Keraniganj station officer-in-charge Md Shah Zaman and Sadarghat River Police station officer-in-charge Md Rezaul Karim Bhuiyan denied it.
BIWTA probe committee is expected to file report within tomorrow, he said.
BIWTA chairman also said that in the list of 32 dead victims they did not find the name of the master (driver) of capsized Morning Bird launch.
‘We’ve to find him out,’ he said.
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