3 May 2021, Mon

26 dead as speedboat overturns after hitting bulkhead anchored in Padma; Jamaat Ameer condoles

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following message of condolence on 3 May 2021 as at least 26 people were killed in a naval mishap in Padma in Madaripur's Shibcharupazila this morning.

The speedboat was coming to Banglabazar Ferry Ghat, taking 30 passengers from Shimulia ghat of Munshiganj towards Banglabazar ferry ghat. Subsequently, the speedboat overturned after hitting a sand-laden bulkhead anchored in Padma near Kathalbari ferry ghat in Madaripur's Shibcharupazila. So far, 26 bodies have been recovered and several are still missing.

I am expressing deep shock for the deceased and extending sympathies to their mournful families. I am also urging the concerned authorities to rescue those victims who are still missing. Besides, I am calling them upon to probe into the mishap in order to take stern legal measures against the involved personnel. I am also urging the authorities concerned to pay due compensation to the victim families.