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Buriganga launch capsize: Mayur-2 launch master arrested

  • Published at 10:08 am July 13th, 2020
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RAB officials presents arrested master of Mayur-2 launch, Abul Basher, in front of the media on Monday, July 13, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Last week, a Dhaka court placed Mayur-2 launch employee Abdus Salam on three-day remand in the case filed over the incident 

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested the master of Mayur-2 launch, which reportedly barged into another smaller launch on the Buriganga River last month, killing at least 32 passengers.

Abul Basher, 57, was arrested from the Hasnabad area under South Keraniganj at around 1am on Monday, said Md Kaiyumuzzaman Khan, company commander (CO) of RAB 10, in a press briefing in Dhaka on Monday morning.

“There was obvious negligence on his part,” said Khan about the arrested launch master. However, the RAB 10 CO did not divulge further details about his interrogation.

Khan said: “Basher went into hiding in his village in Magura after the incident. After having dinner there, he spent the night in the next village.”

“On the following day, he went to Faridpur’s Alfadanga upazila. After staying there for two days, Basher went to his brother-in-law’s house in Boalmari upazila of the district.”

File photo: Rescue team recovering bodies from Buriganga River on Monday, June 29, 2020 | Md Manik/Dhaka Tribune

He returned to Dhaka to change his location again, and was finally caught by RAB.

A case was filed with the South Keraniganj police station on June 30 in connection with the launch capsize; Basher is the second accused in the case.

Last week, a Dhaka court placed Mayur-2 launch employee Abdus Salam on a three-day remand after law enforcement arrested him from Dhaka's Lalkuthi Ghat area and produced him before the court.

On June 29, at least 32 people were killed when a small launch called Morning Bird sank in the Buriganga River after a larger one in reverse crashed into it near the Farashganj Ghat in Dhaka.

As footage from a CCTV camera in Sadarghat, on the other side of the river, revealed, and according to the authorities and witnesses, the Morning Bird capsized in seconds after the bigger launch, Mayur-2, crashed into it while travelling backwards.


Also Read- Buriganga launch capsize: Mayur-2 crew member placed on 3-day remand


The three-deck Mayur-2 was on its way to the dock at Sadarghat's terminal for Chandpur-bound vessels after unloading passengers at the Lalkuthi terminal.

Citing witnesses and rescuers, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq said at least 20 passengers of the Morning Bird had managed to swim ashore after the vessel sank.

Later, Fire Service and Civil Defence officials confirmed that divers had found a man miraculously alive inside a closed off compartment of the capsized vessel 13 hours after it sank.

BIWTA and the Shipping Ministry formed two committees to investigate the incident, while the authorities impounded the Mayur-2.

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