Four sued over speedboat accident

Staff Correspondent

5 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A case has been filed against four people over Monday’s speedboat accident in the Padma River in Shibchar upazila of Madaripur that claimed the lives of 26 people.

Sub-inspector of Kathalbari Naval Police Outpost Lokman Hossain filed the case with Shibchar Police Station on Monday night against leaseholder of Shimulia Ghat Shah Alam Khan, speedboat owners Chandu Mia and Jahirul Islam and its driver Shah Alam.

Some other unnamed people were also made accused in the case where various charges were brought, including irresponsibility and violation of restrictions imposed by the government, said Inspector Abdur Razzak of the naval police outpost.

About the allegations brought against the accused, he said, “The driver was unskilled. He had no licence. The speedboat was also not authorised. Besides, they were running the speedboat in violation of the restrictions imposed by the government to stem the surge in coronavirus cases.”

Miraz Hossain, officer-in-charge of Shibchar Police Station, said: “We’re continuing our drive to arrest the accused with all of them hailing from Munshiganj district. The accused will be brought to book soon.”

Meanwhile, the investigation committee formed by the district administration visited the spot on Monday and collected information and data.   

“We’ll submit the investigation report to the deputy commissioner within three days after analysing the information,” said Azharul Islam, deputy director of local government in Madaripur and chief of the probe body.

Twenty-six people died as the speedboat overturned after hitting a sand-laden bulkhead anchored in the Padma River near Kathalbari Ferry Ghat on Monday morning.

The speedboat carrying 31 passengers left Shimulia Ghat in Munshiganj around 7:00am for Banglabazar Ghat. When the boat reached Kathalbari Puraton Ghat area after a while, it crashed into the bulkhead, which was anchored in the river. Under the impact of the collision, the speedboat turned turtle. On information, district and naval police and divers from Fire Service and Civil Defence rushed in and they together with ferry ghat authorities and locals launched the rescue operation.

The bodies of 25 people were recovered from the river. Six of the passengers were also rescued alive and they were later taken to Shibchar Health Complex where a woman died.