Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Launch Tragedy in Sugandha River

Fire originated in engine room

Probe body suspects

Fire originated in engine room
Fire service personnel visit the MV Avijan-10 anchored in Diakul on Sugandha river in Jhalakathi on Sunday.

The fire that broke out at the MV Avijan-10 launch leaving scores of people dead, many injured and missing on Sugandha river in Jhalakathi district is suspected to have originated from its engine room, the head of a shipping ministry probe committee said on Sunday after preliminary findings.

“We are investigating the Jhalakathi launch fire incident closely and we have visited the launch several times. Primarily, we suspect that the fire erupted from the engine room and then spread across it for other reasons,” said Tofayel Hossain, who is the joint secretary of the shipping ministry.

Tofayel was talking to reporters after interviewing several eye witnesses of the tragedy at Barguna Circuit House, reports UNB.

“The probe is still going on so we can’t provide any concrete information now. But we are trying our best to unearth the reason,” he said. So far, we failed to talk to any staff of the launch, he added.

Earlier, in the day, a case was filed with Barguna Chief Judicial Magistrate Court against the owner of MV Avijan-10 Hamjalal Sheikh and 24 others in connection with the deadly fire in the launch that left 41 people dead and many more injured and missing.

Advocate Nazmul Islam Nasir, chairman of Baliatoli union parisahd of Barguna district, filed the case with the court on Sunday.

Barguna Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Mahbub Alam accepted the case and asked the police station concerned to take the complaint as a ‘First Information Report (FIR)’, said administrative official of the court Akhter Hossain.