owner of Abhijan-10 detained | The Daily Star
Rab yesterday arrested Hamjalal Sheikh, one of the owners of MV Abhijan-10, from Keraniganj to Dhaka.
ANM Imran Khan, deputy director of Rab’s legal and media wing, confirmed this to the Daily Star.
Hamjalal was shown arrested in a case filed Sunday in Dhaka Maritime Court over the deadly fire at the launch.
According to the case report, the launch did not have adequate fire extinguishers and lifebuoys.
In addition, barrels loaded with diesel, gas stoves and cooking bottles were kept outside the engine room without approval.
The charges also include the operation of the vessel by unauthorized personnel.
The maritime court on Sunday issued arrest warrants against eight people, including Hamjalal and three other owners of the vessel, in the case.
Special Metropolitan Magistrate Joynab Begum of the Maritime Court has issued the arrest warrants in the case filed by Md Shafiqur Rahman, chief inspector of the Department of Navigation, said lawyer Bellal Hossain, prosecution officer at the tribunal.
Early Thursday, a massive fire broke out in the MV Abhijan-10’s engine room in the Sugandha River near Jhalakathi, killing at least 41 people.
Meanwhile, confusion reigns over the total number of people missing in the blaze.
According to a list compiled by the Barguna district administration, 35 people were reported missing.
However, Moshiur Rahman, chairman of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society’s Jhalakathi district unit, said they had prepared a list of 51 missing passengers.
Family members of missing persons are still desperate for their loved ones. They visit hospitals and the offices of Deputy Commissioners (DCs). Aboard trawlers, many travel the Sugandha River to find their missing loved ones.
Yesterday, family members of 35 missing people handed over samples to Barguna General Hospital for DNA testing. The samples would be compared with those from bodies buried as unidentified launch passengers.
Md Harun, a resident of Barguna Town, said, âMy daughter Hanufa Akhter is a student at Islamic University. Hanufa and her daughter were traveling on the boat to come to Barguna. They are still missing. Now I have come here to donate samples for DNA testing. “
Jony Hawlader, a resident of the capital’s Demra region, said four members of his family, including his son, sister and niece, were missing.
“They were traveling to Barguna from Dhaka to visit a relative,” he added.
Kalam Meer from the town of Barguna said her son was still missing. “I have looked for him in the Sugandha River for the past three days, but to no avail.”
Speaking to the Daily Star, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society volunteers said many people aboard trawlers were still searching the Sugandha River for their missing relatives.
Najmul Alam, Jhalakathi’s additional deputy commissioner, said a body was found yesterday in the Sugandha River, but they had not yet determined whether it was a victim of the launch fire.
“While the Barguna district administration is preparing the list of missing persons, we have sent a photo of the body to Barguna,” he added.
AM Saiful Islam, director of Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, said a total of 35 people, who suffered burns, were receiving treatment in the hospital. Three of them were in intensive care.
At the same time, the permanent parliamentary committee of the Ministry of Maritime Transport yesterday asked the authorities concerned to grant financial compensation to the families of the deceased and injured.
He also asked officials of the ministry concerned to take all necessary measures to ensure free treatment of the wounded.
Our correspondent Barishal contributed to this report.