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Pinak-6 owner Abu Bakar held in Ctg

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Staff Reporter

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested the owner of Pinak-6 launch, which capsized in the Padma River, at Agrabad in Chittagong city early Wednesday.

Tipped-off, a special team of Rab headquarters in association with Rab-7 conducted a drive in Agrabad area early in the morning and arrested the owner of the sunken launch, Abu Bakkar Siddique, said Additional Police Super Sohel Mahmud, director (operation) of Rab-7.

The overloaded launch Pinak-6 with over 250 passengers on board from Kawrakandi capsized in the Padma River, 800 yards off Mawaghat (jetty) around 11:15 am Monday (August 4) due to strong currents while it was heading towards the jetty.

Forty eight bodies were recovered from the Meghna and Padma till Tuesday night after the launch capsized in the mighty river.

Of the bodies, 27 were handed over to the victims’ family members for burial while 17 unidentified bodies were buried in Shibchar poura graveyard in Madaripur.

According to a list of the district administration, 62 passengers of the ill-fated launch are still missing.

The operation to salvage sunken launch ‘Pinak-6’ was abandoned due to rough weather on Monday (August 11).