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Ferry catches fire in mid-river: 5-member probe body formed

  • Published at 11:56 am April 9th, 2021
meghna river fire Ferry Bhola
A ferry catches fire in the middle of the Meghna River on Thursday, April 8, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days

A five-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the fire that broke out at a ferry in the middle of the Meghna River.

Bhola district administration formed the committee on Thursday afternoon and asked to submit its report within seven working days, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Sujit Kumar Hawlader, also the convener of the committee.

Other members of the probe body are -- Roads and Highways Department Executive Engineer Md Nazmul Islam, Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar circle) Mohsin Al Faruk, Bhola Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Director Md Faruk Hossain, and Bhola BIWTA (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority) Assistant Director Md Kamruzzaman.


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Kamruzzaman said the committee is likely to start investigation on Friday or Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) General Manager (Commerce) SM Ashikuzzaman visited the ferry on Thursday afternoon.

Members of Fire Service and Civil Defence along with river police try to put out a fire that broke out at a ferry in the middle of the Meghna River on Thursday, April 8, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, the ferry "Kalmilata" caught fire while heading towards Bhola after it left Maju Chowdhury jetty in Lakshmipur in the early hours of Thursday.

Although no casualties were reported, eight goods-laden vehicles and a motorcycle were damaged in the fire.

The ferry, meanwhile, was taken to the Maju Chowdhury jetty with the vehicles.

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