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Court sends Pinak-6 owner’s son in jail

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Munshiganj: A court here on Saturday sent Omar Faruq Limon, an accused in Pinak-6 launch capsize case and also son of the owner of the sunken launch, to jail.

Munshiganj senior judicial magistrate passed the order when police produced Omar Faruq Limon before his court in the afternoon.

The court also fixed Monday for hearing on a petition seeking 7-day remand for Omar.

Officer-in-charge of Lauhajang Police Station Tofazzal Hossain said Omar is the number 3 accused in the case filed by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority over the launch capsize incident.

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested Omar Faruq in connection with Pinak-6 launch capsize incident from a house in the city’s Khilkhet area early Friday. He was the supervisor of the sunken launch.

The overloaded launch, Pinak-6, with over 250 passengers on board from Kawrakandi sank in the Padma River, 800 yards off Mawaghat (jetty), around on 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 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).

Following the capsize, Mawa transport inspector Jahangir filed a murder case against six people, including launch owner AB Siddique and his son Omar.

All the accused went into hiding after the filing of the case.

Members of Rab-7 arrested AB Siddique from Agrabad in Chittagong city early hours on Wednesday.