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Buriganga launch capsize: Fitness certificate of Mayur-2 suspended

At least 32 people died on Monday when a small launch sank in the Buriganga River after Mayur-2 crashed into it

The Department of Shipping on Tuesday suspended the fitness certificate of Mayur-2 that was earlier provided to the department.

Commodore Syed Ariful Islam, director general of the Department of Shipping, told Dhaka Tribune that the accident occurred due to the negligence of the launch drivers.

He also said an investigation committee has been formed with three members of the concerned department.

At least 32 people were killed on Monday morning when a small launch sank in the Buriganga River after a larger one in reverse horrifically crashed into it near Farashganj Ghat in Dhaka — leaving the nation shocked.

As footage from a CCTV camera in Sadarghat, on the other side of the river, revealed and according to the authorities and witnesses, the Morning Bird capsized in seconds after the bigger launch, named Mayur-2, crashed into it while travelling backwards.

The three-deck Mayur-2 was on its way to dock at Sadarghat’s terminal for Chandpur-bound vessels after unloading passengers at the Lalkuthi terminal.

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