Launch Capsize

Mayour-2 supervisor sent to jail

Staff Correspondent

12 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Supervisor of Mayour-2 launch Abdus Salam was sent to jail on Saturday after the end of three-day interrogation in relation to the death of 34 people in Buriganga launch capsize.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Monika Khan passed the order after sub-inspector of Sadarghat River Police Station Shahidul Alam, who is investigating the accident, brought him before her court.

In a forwarding report, Shahidul Alam said after quizzing Salam, law enforcers raided different areas of the country to nab the rest of the accused.

Salam’s information led to the arrest of Mayour-2 owner Mosaddek Hanif Swad, 33, from Kalabagan area of the capital on July 9, he said. The police official appealed to the court to put Salam behind bars until the investigation is over.

The defence, however, submitted a petition seeking bail on the grounds that their client’s name was not included in the first information report (FIR).

After hearing both sides, the court rejected the bail petition and sent Salam to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj. On June 29, at least 34 passengers drowned when Mayour-2 smashed into a launch, Morning Bird, causing the vessel to sink in the Buriganga River near Sadarghat Launch Terminal in the capital.

An apprentice was alleged to be at the wheel of Mayour-2 during the accident. The following day, Shamsul Alam, a sub-inspector of Sadarghat River Police Station, filed a case at Keraniganj Dakshin Police Station against seven people, including the owner of the launch.