BIWTA files case over N’ganj launch capsize

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NARAYANGANJ, April 7, 2021 (BSS) – Bangladesh Inland Water Transport
Authority (BIWTA) has filed a case over death of 34 as a passenger
launch capsized in the Shitalakkhya river in Narayanganj on Sunday.

BIWTA deputy director (naval traffic) Babu Lal Baidya filed the case
against unidentified persons on Tuesday night with Narayanganj Bandar
Police Station and that was later transferred to naval police.

“The case was filed under sections 280, 304, 329, 338, 427 and 437
of the penal code and section 70 of the Inland Shipping Ordinance
1976,” office in-charge Dipak Chandra of Bandar Police Station told
BSS.

The BIWTA official accused the reckless driving of the cargo vessel
that rammed the smaller passenger launch named Sabit Al Hasan.

Confirming the receiving of the case documents, Narayanganj Naval
Police Station officer in-charge Shahidul Islam said the case will be
probed by sub inspector Eunus.

“We are trying to identify the cargo vessel and sent copies of video
footage of that incident to different places to find it. I hope the
vessel will be identified within shortest possible time,” Shahidul
Islam said.