Civil society group demands judicial probe into Sadarghat launch accident

Published : 15 Apr 2024 10:23 PM

Nirapad Naupath Bastobayan Jote (Safer Waterway Implementation Alliance) on Monday demanded a judicial investigation followed by punishment of those responsible for the death of five people in a launch accident that occurred at Sadarghat last Thursday, on Eid-ul-Fitr.

The alliance thinks the deaths were due to negligence and reckless behavior on the part of some people.On the afternoon of Eid day on April 11, two launches were moored at pontoon number 11 of Dhaka Sadarghat. 

Although there was not enough space between the moored launches, another launch recklessly tried to enter the pontoon through them. At this time, one of the ropes mooring the launch tore and thrashed the five passengers waiting on the pontoon, who died on the spot.

During Eid and other festive days, there is always extra pressure on the jetties, so extra surveillance and security measures were expected.