Munshiganj turns into grieving zone
Published : Tuesday, 30 June, 2020 at 7:52 PM Count : 170
Sumon Talukder, an employee of Jamuna Bank Limited, go to his office boarding on a launch to reach in Dhaka’s Islampur area every day. He set out from his home on Monday as usual but did not came back that time.
"My brother will never come back and knock the door bell", said emotional Nayan Talukder, a resident of Mirkadim municipality in Munshiganj.
Sufia Begum, 54, and her daughter Suma Akhter, 24, residents of Pashchim Para area in the municipality, made a plan to meet with a doctor at Sumana Clinic in Dhaka’s Sadarghat area but it did not happened.
Saddened near and dear ones in Munshiganj district are now memorising a tragic day and grieving for who lost their lives in Buriganga lunch capsize. Sumon, Sufia and Suma are the names of memory now to their beloved ones.
Munshiganj-bound launch ‘Morning Bird’ with over 100 passengers on board capsized in the river Buriganga at Sadarghat after being hit by another vessel ‘Moyur-2’ on Monday morning.
The news of the launch accident cast a tragic gloom over Munshiganj district as most of the deceased were residents in the district. Another body recovered: Vessel towed to river bank
A total of 33 bodies were recovered from the Buriganga River till Tuesday.
Of the deceased, 21 include in Sadar upazila while nine in Tongibari upazila and one each in Sirajdikhan and Sreenagar upazilas.
Relatives of the deceased and victims of the launch capsize rushed to the river bank after spreading the news of the accident. When some victims managed to swim ashore then other family members were seeing the bodies of their near and dear ones were coming through trawler and ambulance one by one. Cries and mourn for the departed souls—one for brother while another for his/her husband, wife, father or relatives--observed a different day in the district.
Mirkadim Municipality secretary Md Siddiqur Rahman said they received 12 bodies after the accident.
Md Zainal Abedin, secreatry of Abdullahpur UP in Tongibari upazila, said four people in his union died in the accident. Of the deceased, three of family were going to Dhaka and rescue team found the bodies of two while one still missing, he added.
Md Ruhul Amin, secretary of Rampal UP under Sadar upazila, said they found nine bodies in their union and two others were able to swim ashore.
The deceased in the district were laid to rest on Monday night.
Jahangir Hossain and Nasima Akhter, who survived the accident said they saw a terrible scenario when ‘Moyur-2’ hit their launch and begun to sink. The duo were managed to swim ashore luckily.
Dakshin Keraniganj Police Station OC Md Shahjaman said a case is in process in this connection and they are conducting operation to catch the accused including the ill-fated launch owner.