Probe body formed over Netrakona haor trawler capsize

Sun Online Desk

6th August, 2020 12:39:53 printer

Probe body formed over Netrakona haor trawler capsize

A four-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the trawler capsize incident in Rajali Kanda haor under Madan upazila of Netrokona district on Wednesday afternoon.

District Administration has issued a notification in this regard on Thursday noon, a day after the capsize incident that claimed at least 18 lives so far.

According to the notification, Bulbul Ahmmed, Upazila Nirbahi Ofiicer of Netrokona, would lead the team.

Earlier on Wednesday, a pleasure trip turned into a tragedy as 17 people drowned after a trawler capsized in Rajali Kanda haor under Madan upazila of Netrakona district.

Four of the deceased were identified as Shafiqul Islam, 40, a teacher of Gridhan Tenga Jamiul Ulum Madrassah of Netrakona, his son Samal, 10, Lubna Akhter, 10, and Zulfa Akhter, 7, daughters of Wares Uddin, a teacher of Charsirta Maksuda Sunnah Hafizia Madrasa of Mymensingh.

The trawler, carrying 48 teachers and students of the two madrassahs, sank in the waterbody around 12pm on Wednesday amid inclement weather, said Ramijul Haque, officer-in-charge (OC) of Madan Police Station.

The OC said students and teachers of the two madrassahs arrived at Uchitpur, Netrakona to visit a tourist spot there and they had been on a boat journey seeing the scenic beauty of the haor.

But the boat sank in the hoar as it was hit by strong current amid the bad weather, turning their fun journey into a big tragedy.  

Later, the bodies of 17 people, including that of six children, were retrieved from the hoar.

A rescue operation is going on as one still remained missing, said the OC.

Deputy Commissioner of the district Moinul Islam and the Superintendent of Police Akbar Ali Munshi visited the spot.