Launch capsize at Buriganga: Charges pressed against Moyur-2 owner, 10 others | The Daily Star
09:53 PM, February 23, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:56 PM, February 23, 2021

Launch capsize at Buriganga: Charges pressed against Moyur-2 owner, 10 others

Police today pressed charges against 11 people, including the owner of Moyur-2 launch which hit a smaller vessel which then capsized in Buriganga river on June 29 last year.

The charge-sheet accused are: Moyur-2 owner Mosaddek Hanif Swad, Abul Bashar Molla, second-class launch master, Jakir Hossain, third-class launch master, Shipon Hawlader, and Shakil Hasan, both second-class drivers, and two other staffers Nasir Mridha and Ridoy Howlader, supervisor Abdus Salam, Selim Hossain Mridha, Abu Sayeed and Delwar Hossain Sarkar.

Of them, Swad, Salam, Sayeed, Selim and Delwar are now on bail while six others are in jail.

Sub-Inspector Md Shahidul Alam of River Police and also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court of Dhaka, showing 44 people as prosecution witnesses.

In the charge sheet, the IO said charges brought against them of reckless driving causing death by rash or negligence with intent to destroy a vessel were primarily proven and they should be brought under trial.

During the investigation, a probe committee formed by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) found negligence against two masters and two drivers of the launch.

The committee also made 16 recommendations to prevent such launch accidents in the future.

On June 29 last year, the accident took place when Moyur-2 slammed into Morning Bird in the Buriganga at the capital's Shyambazar.

The following day, Shamsul Alam, sub-inspector of Sadarghat River Police Station, filed a case with Keraniganj Dakshin Police Station accusing seven by name and many unnamed persons.

Read More: 32 perished in Buriganga: Steering to disaster




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