Probe body formed over Buriganga launch capsize


A five-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the launch capsize incident in Buriganga river at Shyambazar area of Old Dhaka on Monday morning.

The shipping ministry has issued a notification in this regard on Monday noon, hours after the capsize incident that claimed at least 30 lives so far.

According to the notification, Rafiqul Islam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, would lead the team.
The committee has been asked to submit probe report within three working days, Mohammad Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury, secretary to the shipping ministry said.

However, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has formed a four-member committee to investigate the launch capsize and asked to submit report as soon as possible, said its Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq.

Earlier, rescuers recovered 30 bodies as a launch capsized in the Buriganga river after it was hit by another launch on Monday morning at Shyambazar area of Old Dhaka.

Of the victims, 23 are men, five women and two children.

Morning Bird, which was coming to Dhaka from Munshiganj, capsized in the river after it was hit by another launch Moyur-2 near Sadarghat launch terminal around 9:30am, said Shahadat Hossain, a duty officer of the fire service headquarters.

The launch was reportedly carrying over 100 passengers, according to local police.