Speedboat owner held over Padma accident

Staff Correspondent

10 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Sunday nabbed the owner of the speedboat which was involved in a fatal crash that killed 26 passengers in the River Padma on May 3.

The arrestee is named as Chandu Molla alias Chandu, 40, of Munshiganj. A case was filed against him over the accident.

RAB’s Legal and Media Wing Director Commander Khandaker Al Moin said, “Speedboat owner Chandu was on the run since the accident. RAB arrested him in Keraniganj at about 2:30 am.”

During preliminary interrogation, Chandu Molla said that he rented out the speedboat in breach of lockdown rules to make extra profits.

He further admitted that the speedboat was carrying more passengers than its carrying capacity. There was also a lack of safety equipment for passengers. Chandu Molla has been involved in the business of transporting passengers by speedboat for five years. He has three speedboats. There was, however, no approval for the speedboat which was involved in the accident. He went into hiding soon after the accident.

On May 3, at least 26 people lost their lives when a Banglabazar-bound speedboat from Shimulia Ferry Terminal capsized in the Padma River after colliding with a sand-laden vessel near Kathalbari Ferry Terminal.

Later, police filed the case against speedboat driver Shah Alam, owners Chandu Molla and Rezaul, and lessee of the speedboat ghat Shah Alam Khan at Shibchar Police Station.

The Ministry of Shipping and the district administration formed two separate committees to investigate the accident.