The body of BNP leader Iqbal Shikder was found at Shimulia ferry ghat in Lohajang upazila of Munshiganj on Friday afternoon, two days after a speedboat accident which may have claimed his life.
The 46-year-old president of the Zanjira upazila unit of BNP in Shariatpur disappeared after attending a meeting on Wednesday evening, said family members who reported him missing on Thursday.
Shimulia Naval Police SI Nazmul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that at around the same time on Wednesday, a speedboat reportedly carrying 16 passengers had sunk while crossing the Padma river during a storm.
"He may have drowned with the speedboat and later could have gotten entangled with a ferry and brought near the ghat," he said.
An eight-year-old victim of the boat capsize died at Mitford Hospital on Wednesday evening. The body of another female victim was later recovered by police from the river.
A sixth-grader, Tahmina Akter, has been missing since the incident.