Bangladesh Coast Guard divers on Friday recovered another body from the Pasur River in Bagerhat after a cargo ship, reportedly carrying 600 tonnes of coal, capsized with seven crew members. on Monday night.
The man was identified as a crew member of the ship Rabiul Islam, 35. He is from Swarupkathi Pirojpur. The two crew members still missing were identified as Md Jihad of Bhandaria Pirojpur and Md Samsu of Bagerhat’s Mongla.
Earlier on Tuesday, the bodies of the ship’s captain Mohi Uddin and Nur Islam’s oiler were found. On Monday night, five people went missing after a coal cargo ship sank in the Pasur River in the Sundarbans mangrove forest.
The bodies of other crew members were found
The MV Fardin-1, a shallow-draft boat or barge carrying 600 tonnes of coal sank after colliding with a ship near the forest area of Harbaria-9, off the main channel of Mongla Harbor in Bagerhat, at around 9:30 p.m.
Two of the lighter vessels managed to swim ashore, said Commander Sheikh Fakhruddin, port chief and acting secretary of the Mongla Port Authority. This is a fresh addition to the ongoing row regarding the Center’s decision to extend the BSF jurisdiction in Assam, Punjab and West Bengal, from 15kms to 50kms.
The West Bengal legislative assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution against the Centre’s decision. Punjab, where Congress is in power, has also passed a similar resolution against the extension of the BSF jurisdiction. Trinamool Congress or TMC argued that such an extension would cover West Bengal’s multiple important towns and goes against the federal structure in which law and order falls under the state government’s ambition.
The bodies of other crew
In the West Bengal assembly on Tuesday, TMC MP Udayan Guha claimed that BSF personnel touch women inappropriately while conducting searches during border movement. “No matter how much they say Bharat Mata ki Jai, they cannot be patriotic,” he added. Read also- Coal Ship Overturned: Three Still Missing When Rescue Operations Begin
The rescue operation began on Thursday morning. “Hopefully, they will start recovering the coal by tonight (Thursday),” said Commander Sheikh Fakhruddin, port chief and acting secretary of the Mongla Port Authority.
formed to investigate
A three-member inquiry body has been set up to investigate the reverse incident, the third time since February, he added. On March 30, the lighter MV Efty Mahmud carrying 700 tonnes of coal sank in the Pasur River near the Port of Mongla.
The coal-laden ship was washed away from the pier due to strong currents and sank after hitting another ship. Another cargo ship carrying nearly 800 tonnes of coal capsized in the same river near the Port of Mongla on February 27. The MV BB-1148 sank near the Baniashanta channel area after colliding with another vessel.