Three probe bodies formed over Jhalakathi launch fire

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NewsNow Desk: Three probe committees have been formed to unearth the reasons behind the fire incident in a launch in the middle of the Sugandha river off the coast of Jhalakathi district’s Sadar upazila as at least 39 persons have so far been killed in the fire early Friday.

Ministry of Shipping set up a seven-member committee to probe the accident, according to a notification issued by the ministry.

Joint secretary of the shipping ministry Tofayel Ahmed has been made the probe panel’s convener, while deputy secretary Aminur Rahman will act as its member secretary.
The committee has been asked to submit a report to the shipping ministry within three working days, it said.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority also formed a separate six-member committee to investigate the launch fire. Md Saiful Islam, additional director of port and transportation department, will head the committee.

Besides, a five-member committee headed by Jhalakati Additional Deputy Commissioner Nazmul Alam has been formed. The report has to be submitted to the committee within the next three working days.

The government notification comes hours after the devastating fire on Avijan-10 carrying some 800 passengers from Dhaka to Barguna claimed the lives of the 39 people and left 72 others injured.

The blaze, in fact, began on Avijan-10 in the middle of the Sugandha river off the coast of Jhalokati district’s Sadar upazila around 3am. Within five to 10 minutes, the flames engulfed the entire vessel.

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