Burdwan boat capsizes: 16 bodies fished out of Bhagirathi river

Burdwan/Shantipur (WB): Bodies of 16 persons, including a child, were recovered from river Bhagirathi where an overcrowded boat sank on Saturday night, reported Hindustan Times.

Burdwan district magistrate Saumitra Mohan told PTI that the bodies of seven men, four women and a girl child were recovered during search operations since last night.

The bodies were found within 1-1.5 km radius of the spot where the overcrowded boat had capsized, he said.

Photographs of the bodies have been sent to Kalna and Shantipur police stations to enable their relatives to identify them.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The accident had sparked violent protest in Nadia district on Sunday during which several boats were torched and police fired tear gas and lobbed rubber bullets to quell the mob.

The boat ferrying at least 55 people, much above its capacity, overturned in the river on Saturday night as the people were on their way back to Shantipur in Nadia district on the opposite bank from a fair at Kalna in Burdwan district.

Nadia District Magistrate Vijay Bharti had said on Sunday night that the body of a 35-year-old woman was recovered from the river bed near Shantipur.

The Burdwan District Magistrate said search operation was still on to "find out if ther are any more victims".

On the alleged delay in rescue operations, Mohan had said the river current, depth of the river and the muddy water
had made the job of the divers "very difficult".

The Burdwan DM had said "overloading" was one of the suspected causes which led to the incident.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2016 12:24:22 IST

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