Abdus Salam, a supervisor of the Moyur-2 launch, was sent to jail today after a three-day police remand for his interrogation was completed in connection with a case filed for the death of 34 people in Buriganga launch capsize that took place on June 29.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Monika Khan passed the order after Shahidul Alam, a sub-inspector of Sadarghat River Police Station, also the investigation officer of the case, brought him before her court upon expiry of the three-day remand.
In a forwarding report, the IO said, after taking Salam on remand, he along with the supervisor of the launch conducted drives at different places in the country to arrest the rest accused of the case.
At one stage, on July 9, Moyur-2 launch owner Mosaddek Hanif Swad was arrested from Kalabagan area of the capital based on information provided by the supervisor, the IO said.
Moreover, the supervisor gave important information about other accused which is being verified, the IO said in the forwarding report.
"I appealed to the court to confine Salam, supervisor of the launch, in jail until my investigation is completed," he said in his forwarding report placed before the court.
On the other hand, the defence submitted a petition seeking bail on grounds that their client's name was not included in the first information report (FIR) of the case.
After hearing both the sides, the court rejected the bail petition and sent Salam to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.
At least 34 people drowned as a novice was allegedly at the helm of the Moyur-2 launch thatslammed into a smaller launch -- the Morning Bird -- causing the smaller vessel to sink in the Buriganga river at the capital's Shyambazar area on June 29.
The following day, Shamsul Alam, a sub-inspector of Sadarghat River Police Station, filed the case with Keraniganj Dakshin Police Station against seven people, including owner of the Moyur-2-launch.
The six other accused in case are: Swad's employee Abul Bashar Molla (65), launch master Jakir Hossain (54), engine driver Shipon Hawlader (45), driver Shakil Hasan (28), Sukani Nasir Mridha (40), and Ridoy (24).