Five people drowned as a boat carrying them capsized in a beel (water body) in Sarail upazila of Tangail this afternoon.
Four of the dead were identified as boatman Taij Uddin (50), Jamela Begum (60), her son Hamidur Rahman Rono (35) and Shah Alam (25), hailing from different villages of Basail and Sakhipur upazilas of the district, reports our Tangail correspondent.
Rubel Miah, a member of the local union parishad, said the Gilbari-bound boat carrying four passengers from Dariapur sank near Gilbari bazar around 1:00pm after the boatman reportedly came in contact with an uncovered power supply line.
Basail Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shamsunnahar Swapna told our correspondent that locals recovered the five bodies.
"We are not sure whether the victims died from electrocution. It will be cleared after investigation," the UNO added.