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Launch on fire: 2 more dead bodies recovered

Update : 10 Jan 2022, 13:13

The bodies of two more people have been recovered from a launch fire in Jhalokati. The 2 bodies, one of an unidentified woman and another of a young man were found in the Bishkhali river in Jhalokati on  Wednesday (29 December) morning.The total death count now rises to 44.

The body of the woman was recovered from the bank of Bishkhali river at 8:30 am. On the other hand, the body of the youth was recovered from the Daharshankar area on the bank of the same river at 11:30 am. After spotting the body, the locals informed the fire service. After arriving at the spot, 2 of the bodies were recovered and brought to Jhalokati Launch Terminal.

Shafiqul Islam, Station Officer, Jhalokati Fire Service and Civil Defense said, the body of the woman was later handed over to Jhalokati Sadar Police Station, and the body of the youth was handed over to Rajapur Police Station. 

He also informed, the rescued woman was around 35 years old and the youth was around 30 years old. The woman was wearing a pink dress and the young man was wearing jeans and winter clothes.

Sadar Police Station OC Khalilur Rahman said, after initial observation, it seems like this woman is a passenger of that launch.  After the inquest, the body was sent to the morgue for post mortem. The news will be confirmed after the post mortem.

The OC of Rajapur Police Station, Pulak Chandra Roy said, the rescued youth's hands and face were burnt. So, I am guessing that he was a launch passenger. The body was sent to the morgue after inquiry. The bodies of these 2 passengers of the MV Abhijan-10 launch were not identified. 

A blaze broke out in MV Abhijan-10 launch carrying 800 passengers heading for Barguna from Dhaka on Thursday (December 24) at midnight. The incident took place at around 3 pm in the middle of Sugandha River off the coast of Jhalakathi Sadar Upazila. 

Fire service and police are still conducting rescue operations at the spot. Till now, three bodies were recovered in the last two days, resulting in 44 deaths in total from the incident.


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