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Pirate attack in Laxmipur Missing vessel driver found dead

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Staff Reporter
After three days of pirate attack on lighter vessel ‘MV Karnaphuli-5’ in the Meghna River, the body of its driver Noor Newaz was found floating in the river in Ramgati upazila under Laxmipur district early Monday.
Hajirhat police camp in-charge M Farid Uddin Khan told that local people spotted the body of the deceased floating in the river near Machghat area of Alexandar Bazaar in Ramgati upazila and informed police.
Police went to the spot and recovered the body around 1:30pm.
Later, the vessel’s owner Abdus Salam Zaved identified the deceased as the vessel’s driver Noor Newaz, son of Amzad Hossain of Balidia village in Mohammadpur upazila in Magura.
Three other crews of the vessel are still missing.
Meanwhile, the Lighter vessel strike enforced by Bangladesh Lighter Vessel Workers Union to protest the incident, continued for the third consecutive day on Monday.
Bangladesh Lighter Vessel Shramik Union joint-secretary Khurshed Alam said, “We will continue the strike until and unless all the missing crew of the vessel are rescued.”
He also stressed that the authorities must assure the workers in the sector of proper steps to curb the pirate attacks that have been frequently taking place over the last few years.
A gang of pirates swooped on a Sirajganj-bound fertilizer-laden lighter vessel when it reached Batirkhal in Laxmipur district on Friday and looted the fertilizer on Friday night. Seven crew of the vessel out of 10 went missing during the incident.
On Saturday noon, police rescued three of the missing workers from the Meghna River in Kamalnagar upazila of Laxmipur.
The rescued workers are Parvez Hossain, son of Jasim Uddin in Hatia upazila of Noakhali district, Mahbub Hossain, son of late Abdul Aziz of Shyampur village in Sadar upazila of Bhola district, and Zahidul Islam, son of Maksudul Khan of Charnarayan Malka Bhanga village in Faridpur district.
On Sunday, a case was filed in this connection by the vessel’s owner with Kamalnagar Police Station in Laxmipur against five suspects, including four of the crew.