29 June 2020, Mon

• Calls for taking preventive measures • Criticizes government for concealing previous probe committee’s report

36 bodies recovered so far as launch capsized in Buriganga; Jamaat Ameer condoles

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following message of condolence on 29 June 2020 expressing deep shock as the rescue workers recovered the bodies of 36 people after a launch carrying over 100 passengers capsized in Buriganga river at Dhaka's Shyambazar this morning.

Morning Bird, which was coming to Dhaka from Munshiganj, capsized in the river after it was hit by another launch Moyur-2 near Sadarghat launch terminal around 9:30am. So far, the rescue workers recovered the bodies of 36 people including female, male and children. Many are still missing. I am expressing my deep shock and condolence at this incident and praying for the salvation of the departed souls. I am also extending my sympathy to the victim families. I am urging the concerned authorities to take effective measures to rescue rest of the missing passengers and also to pay due compensations to the victim families.

We are observing such painful naval mishaps every year. Though some probe committees are formed immediate after the incident but its report and observation have never been exposed. Even the personnel, who are responsible behind such mishaps are not brought to the book as well. Because of this culture of impunity, such painful accidents are taken place regularly.

Under the circumstances, I am calling upon the authorities concerned to find out the real reasons behind such launch capsize incident and simultaneously to take preventive measures to avert such accident in future.