Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Shafiqur Rahman on Monday expressed deep sorrow over the rescue of 27 bodies in a launch sinking in Shitalakshya river in Koylaghat area of Narayanganj city and the death of 13 people in Kalbaishakhi storm in different parts of the country including Gaibandha district.
He said in a condolence message that a launch carrying more than 50 passengers sank in the Shitalakshya river in the Koylaghat area of Narayanganj city on April 4 at around 6 pm. So far, 28 bodies have been recovered and several are still missing. On the other hand, 13 people were killed in different parts of the country including Sadar, Palashbari, Sundarganj and Fulchhari upazilas of Gaibandha district on April 4 at around 3 pm. I extend my deepest condolences to those who were killed in these incidents and extend my deepest condolences to their bereaved families. He called upon the concerned quarters to take appropriate steps to rescue those who are still missing in the launch sinking incident.
He called upon the concerned quarters to investigate the cause of the launch sinking and take strict legal action against those responsible and provide appropriate compensation to the families of the victims of the launch sinking and Kalbaishakhi storms.
The bodies of five more people have been recovered after a cargo ship sank in the Shitalakshya river in Narayanganj. A total of 35 bodies were recovered.
Meanwhile, 29 bodies have been handed over to relatives till Monday. The government has provided Tk 25,000 to the families of the victims.
It may be mentioned that the launch sank in front of the third Shitalakshya Bridge under construction in Madanganj area of Narayanganj on Sunday evening. The launch named MV Rabita Al Hasan left Narayanganj terminal at 5:57 am for Munshiganj.
A video captured from the riverbank at the time of the incident showed a cargo ship, the SK-3, sinking recklessly at the rear of the launch, sinking. Several passengers on the launch were able to swim ashore after the incident.
At that time several boats and trawlers went from the river bank and rescued 25-30 people. Immediate rescue work could not be started as the cyclone started after the accident. Later, when the situation became normal, the fire service started a rescue operation there.
Dipu, a passenger of the launch, said he was going to launch his mother Maharani to Munshiganj. As the launch approached the Shitalakshya Bridge under construction, a cargo ship named SK-3 started speeding along the launch from behind. At that time, the passengers behind the launch waved their hands and signaled to pass by without coming along the launch. But the launch was told to move away from the cargo. Then, before he knew it, the cargo ship sank behind the launch and sank.