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There is no name of the cargo ship in the case, it was not seized

It is often heard that vehicles run away due to road accidents. This time, after pushing and sinking a passenger launch in Narayanganj, the police could not find a huge cargo ship weighing a thousand tons. There is no name of the cargo ship in the case, it was not seized

The passenger launch Sabit Al Hasan sank in the Coal Ghat area of ​​Shitalakshya river on Sunday evening. The cargo ship escaped without rescuing the passengers of the sunken launch after the accident. So far 34 deaths have been reported in the accident. The ship was not seized until Wednesday evening.

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has filed a case with the Narayanganj Port Police Station against the persons involved in the incident. However, the name of the driver and owner of the cargo ship or the owner was not mentioned in the case, police said.

Regarding the case, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bandar Police Station Deepak Chandra Saha said that a case has been registered against the unidentified accused including the driver of the cargo ship in the incident. Police will seize the cargo ship and bring those involved in the incident under the law.

Asked why the name of the cargo ship was not in the statement, BIWTA official Babulal Vaidya, the plaintiff in the case, said the name of the ship was not seen anywhere in the video footage. A case has been filed against the unidentified cargo ship for not being sure. The name of the accused cargo ship will come out in the investigation.

However, after the incident, the police, the launch owners’ association and eyewitnesses said that the name of the pushed cargo was MV SKL-3, whose registration number was M-01-2843. It is learned that the owner of the ship is SK Logistics, a company owned by Sheikh Tanmoy, MP of Bagerhat-2 constituency.

 

And the owner of the sunken launch says they are not being allowed to sue because the owner of the cargo ship is influential. The owner of the sunken launch ML Sabit Al Hasan could not file a case even after visiting the police station all day on Wednesday. On Wednesday, when the ship’s master went to Narayanganj Naval Police Station and Bandar Police Station to file a case, the police returned them. At the time of the launch sinking, Sabit Al Hasan was in charge of the third class certified Master Zakir Hossain. Zakir, who was injured in the launch sinking, came to file a case on Wednesday. He said in the first light, the owner of the launch failed to file a lawsuit on Tuesday. Later on Wednesday he went to sue. When they went to Bandar Police Station in the morning, they were kept outside the police station for a few hours and asked to leave for Narayanganj Naval Police Station without filing a case. When they went to Narayanganj Naval Police Station in the afternoon, they were sent back without taking any case. Manzur Ali, the clerk of the launch and the people of the launch owners’ association were also with Zakir Hossain at that time.

After the accident, a man chased the speedboat and took a picture of the ship. However, the ship could not be intercepted.
After the accident, a man chased the speedboat and took a picture of the ship. However, the ship could not be seized. Photo: Collected
Regarding the reason for not taking the case, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bandar Police Station Deepak Chandra Saha said, “Narayanganj Naval Police Station will investigate the case of BIWTA.” We sent the ship’s master to the naval police station. If the naval police station wants, there is no obstacle to take the case. ‘

Manjur Ali, the launch’s clerk, told Prothom Alo: “We were requesting the OC of the naval police station to take up the case. He then said that there was no rule to file two cases in the same case. How long have we been going to the police station? ”Manzur said they would go to the Marine Court on Thursday to file a case.

Earlier, Alal Hossain, the owner of the launch that sank on Tuesday, told Prothom Alo that the people of the launch owners’ association, including him, visited Sadar, Bandar and Naval Police Stations in Narayanganj on Tuesday. But no police station has agreed to take up the case. He said, “An SI threatened not to file a case at the naval police station.” He said, “I will be arrested.”

He was contacted on his mobile phone on Tuesday night to contact MP Sheikh Tanmoy. When contacted, Sheikh Shaheen, the MP’s personal assistant, said, “I am not aware of the accident. I look at the political issues of Sir (MP). You can contact Sir directly. ‘

According to the Dhaka Sadarghat office of the Department of Shipping, the SKL-3 cargo ship was registered on March 16 this year. However, the cargo ship was not surveyed for navigation. It was said that the ship would remain in the dockyard until the survey was approved. But the ship crashed while trying to break the rules.

We have learned that a Member of Parliament is involved in the ownership of the pushed cargo ship. We think this is why the police are not prosecuting the launch owner.
Badiuzzaman, President of Narayanganj Zone of Bangladesh Inland Navigation Passenger Transport Corporation
Regarding the non-approval of the survey, the officials of the Department of Shipping said that according to the rules, more than one and a half thousand brake horse power (BSP) powered engines are required to operate inland marine engineer officers. But the ship was given the paper of a first class master as a pilot. The survey was not approved as there was no proper driver.

Asked about this, Engineer and Surveyor at the Sadarghat Office of the Department of Shipping, Mahabub Rashid, told Prothom Alo that although the cargo named MV SKL-3 was registered, the ship was not approved for survey. He declined to comment on the reason for not giving approval.

 

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