Rapid Action Battalion on Monday arrested the master of Mayur-2 launch, who along with his co-master allegedly caused the recent Buriganga launch capsize that claimed at least 34 lives.
The master, Md Abul Bashar, 57, is the second accused in the launch capsize case.
With this arrest, total three people were arrested till now in the case including the launch owner.
A press release issued by RAB said that a Group of RAB members led by RAB 10 deputy director Major Shahriar Ziaur Rahman arrested Md Abul Bashar from Hasnabad area under Dakkhin Keraniganj at 12:40am on Monday.
After the accident Abul went into hiding in different places of the country, said the release.
On the day of the accident he went to his ancestral home at Magura and spent the night at a house at an adjacent village.
Next day Abul went to Alfadanga area in Faridpur and after spending two days there he took shelter at a relative’s house at Akhalipara area under Boalmari upazila in Faridpur, according to the release.
After that he come back to the capital and following information of detectives, the RAB arrested him, it added.
On June 29, Morning Bird, a launch from Munshiganj, capsized within seconds in the Buriganga near Farashganj terminal after it was hit by Mayur-2, a Dhaka-bound launch from Chandpur.
On June 30, Sadarghat River Police station filed a case with Dakkhin Keraniganj police station accusing Mayur-2 launch owner Mosaddek Hanif Chhoyad and its six employees for the accident.
Earlier on July 9, the owner Mosaddek Hanif Chhoyad and the number one accused of the case was arrested from Sobhanbagh under Sher-e-Bangla Nagar thana.
On July 7, police arrested another staff of Mayur-2 from Sutrapur area in the capital who was identified as Abdus Salam.
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