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BNP to reveal Sundarbans probe report Friday
Observer Online Desk
Published : Thursday, 25 December, 2014,  Time : 6:13 PM,  View Count : 10
BNP will make public on Friday the findings of its investigation by a seven-member high-level probe into the oil-tanker crash in the Shela River of the Sundarbans and the subsequent effects on the biodiversity of the world’s largest mangrove forest due to oil spill.

The report findings will be revealed through a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office at 11am, Khaleda Zia’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB.

He said the probe-body chief and BNP vice chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed handed over a copy of the findings of their enquiry to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday midnight at her office.

Khaleda asked Hafiz to brief the media about their findings together with party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Earlier on December 20, the party formed the seven-member committee, led by Hafizuddin Ahmed, also a former water resources minister.

The committee members visited the spot and talked to the local people, public representatives and experts, monitored the overall activities of cleaning the spilled oil and assessed the environmental impacts of the oil-tanker collapse incident, Sayrul added.

The ‘OT Southern Star 7’, carrying some 3.57 lakh litres of furnace oil, sank in the river at Mrigmari under East Zone of the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel, ‘Total Cargo, on December 9, causing a serious threat to the existence of the mangrove forest and its natural resources due to the oil spill.

UNB/NS





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