Siblings among 3 drown in Sirajganj boat capsize
Three people, including two sisters, drowned when a boat capsized in the Chalan Beel in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj district on Wednesday afternoon.
Two of the deceased were identified as Jainab Khatun Shikha, 5, and his sister Bithi Akter Basona, 3. Both of them were the daughters of Belal Hoosain, a resident of Jagannathpur village in Shahjadpur upazila of the district.
Locals said that the boat, carrying 25 to 30 passengers, sank in the beel due to a sudden storm while they were going to Suja village in Shahjadpur upazila to visit a Kabiraj (herbal medicine practitioner).
Five people, including the two sisters, went missing under water while others were rescued by locals.
On information, two firefighting units from Sirajganj Fire Service and Civil Defence went to the spot and recovered the three bodies after conducting a rescue operation.
However, two passengers are still missing in the water.
Ullapara Model Police Station inspector (investigation) Sirajul Islam confirmed the matter.