Two staffers of the Mayur-2 launch that hit and sank another vessel in the Buriganga River on June 29 have been placed on a four-day remand each, hours after they were arrested today morning.
Judicial Magistrate of Dhaka Fairuz Tasnim passed the order after Md Shahidul Alam of River Police, also the investigation officer of the case, produced the arrestees before the court with a seven-day remand prayer for each.
Earlier around 10:45am, a team of River Police arrested the duo -- engine driver Shipon Hawlader (45), and driver Shakil Hasan (28) -- from Dhaka's Sutrapur area, said Farida Parvin, additional superintendent (Media) of River Police.
With them, five people have so far been arrested in connection with the launch capsize. The accused were charged with negligence which caused deaths.
Earlier, law enforcers arrested Mayur-2's owner and prime accused Mosaddek Hanif Swad, the launch's master Abul Bashar Molla, and supervisor Abdus Salam from different areas.
According to River Police, Bashar was in the launch but sukani (launch staff) Nasir Mridha was driving the vessel when it hit another launch -- Morning Bird -- on that fateful day.
Most of the 34 victims who drowned in the river are from Munshiganj district.
Three other accused -- master Jakir Hossain (54), sukani (launch staff) Nasir Mridha (40), and Ridoy, 24 -- are still on the run.