A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking its directives on the government to take action against eight high government officials for their failure to protect lives of passengers of the launch Pinak-6.
Pinak-6 with around 200 passengers on-board sank in the Padma river on August 4. About 46 bodies were recovered, 50 people survived, and the rest went missing. The government called off the search on August 11 after eight days, considering bad weather and Padma's strong currents.
Ashish Kumar Dey, chief editor of online newspaper ptbnews24.com and convener of Nou, Sarak and Railpath Jatiya Rakkha Committee (National Committee to Protect Waterways, Roads and Railways) and Tushar Rehman, secretary general of Citizens Rights Movement, jointly submitted the petition to the HC as a public interest litigation.
They prayed to the HC to issue a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to remove the eight officials for their failure to take necessary steps to prevent the accident.
The eight are: shipping department's director general, its engineer, shipping surveyor and inspector on duty at Mawa on August 4, BIWTA director (waterways safety and traffic department), BIWTA director (port department), Mawa river-port official and traffic inspector.