PMO Seeks Report On Kalna Boat Tragedy

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Update: The Prime Minister’s Office has sought a detailed report on the tragic boat mishap in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district in which 18 people has so far lost their lives with many still missing.

The locals have accused Kalna municipality of sloth-like approach towards the rescue operations.While 18 bodies have been recovered so far, divers are still looking for missing people.

Update: The District Magistrate of Nadia Vijay Bharti has declared a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to the family of those deceased in the Kalna Tragedy. Rescue operations are underway. The boat which capsized on Sunday was traced below the Bhagirathi river on Sunday night. It is being taken out from under the river. Divers are working with steadfast speed to recover others who are missing. 18 bodies have been discovered so far.

 9 bodies out of the 18 dead have been identified. They have been kept at the Ranaghat Hospital’s morgue. Details of the deceased are as follows:

  1. Sathi Biswas (14), Shantipur Nrisinhapur
  2. Ramaprasad Biswas (28), Sutragar Uttarpara
  3. Avi Biswas (18) c/o Ramaprasad Biswas
  4. Ramaprasad Biswas’ daughter (Body Not Recovered)
  5. Chiranjit Ghosh (28) Fulia’s Sahebdanga
  6. Rina Halder(9) Nrisinhapur North Colony
  7. Parikhit Roy(9) Shantipur Baghajatin Area
  8. Lakshmi Burman(6), Thatri Village Colony Area
  9. Kumud Halder(55) Shantipur

These bodies were recovered from Fulia Ghat, Buktinara Ghat, Shibpur Ghat, Bolagar Ghat. Another body is yet to be identified by his family who has not reached the spot yet.Officers from the Shantipur, Chakda police station have been deployed outside Ranaghat Hospital morgue.

Kalna: The number of deaths after a boat capsized in the Hooghly river in West Bengal’s Burdwan district rose to 18 today, an official said.

The overcrowded boat capsized late Saturday night near Kalna in Burdwan while on its way to Shantipur in Nadia district.

“Search operations continued overnight and till Monday morning we have fished out 13 bodies,” said an officer of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Nadia district magistrate Vijay Bharti on Sunday said at least 12 people were reported missing.

The locals infuriated by the incident torched several boats and trollers parked at the Shantipur Ghat and clashed with police, injuring an ASI of Shantipur police station and a constable. The police in retaliation fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the mob.