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08 Apr 2021 17:01:40

Sitalakkhya launch capsize: Cargo vessel seized

Sitalakkhya launch capsize: Cargo vessel seized
MV SKL-3

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard on Thursday seized the cargo vessel MV SKL-3 which reportedly caused the launch capsize in the Sitalakkhya river that claimed 35 lives in Narayanganj on April 4.

The cargo vessel along with its 14 staff were held from Meghna river in Gazaria of Munshiganj around 2 pm, Mostain Billah, Narayanganj deputy commissioner.

Gazaria Naval Police Station Officer Md Abdus Salam said the detainees and the cargo ship were handed over to naval police at 2:40 pm.

A launch with around 50 passengers on board capsized in the Sitalakkhya river claiming 35 lives in Narayanganj on April 4.

Earlier, a case was filed over the matter on Tuesday night with Narayanganj port police station.

The Munshiganj-bound launch ML Sabit Al Hasan capsized after being hit by a goods-laden cargo ship around 6:00 pm.

Around 20 passengers managed to swim ashore after the collision.

Two separate probe bodies were formed by Narayanganj deputy commissioner and the BIWTA under the Shipping Ministry to look into the incident.