Monday, 6 February, 2023

Karatoa Boat Tragedy

Missing child’s body found after 47 days

Panchagarh: The body of a minor, who went missing after an overcrowded boat she was on capsized in the Karatoa River in Boda upazila of Panchagarh in September, was recovered from the river -  47 days after the tragedy in the Aulia Ghat area Friday noon, reports UNB.

The deceased was identified as Joya Rani, 4, daughter of Dhirendranath of Ghatiarpara area of Panchagarh. 

So far, 71 bodies have been recovered in this tragic incident while one is still missing, said Sujoy Kumar Roy, officer-in-charge of Boda police station.

Police said a group of workers was picking up stones near Aulia Ghat on Friday noon. At one point, a strong stench started coming from the stone pit. At this time, while removing the sand, Jaya's partially decayed body was found.

The relatives of the missing people rushed upon getting the news and they identified her as Jaya by looking at the clothes, added the OC.

Later, the body was handed over to her family in the presence of local public representatives.

Earlier on Wednesday, the body of Bhupendranath Roy alias Paniya was recovered from the same area.

On September 25, an engine boat carrying mostly Hindu devotees, heading towards Badheshwar Temple on the occasion of Mahalaya, sank near Aulia Ghat under Mareya union of Boda upazila in Panchagarh.