Owner of the trawler has been arrested
Three bodies have been recovered from the Meghna River in Chandpur and Munshiganj.
One of the bodies found floating was recovered around 12pm and another person’s body was recovered from the Gajaria section of the river on Sunday.
The bodies could not be identified till Sunday afternoon, though local administration thinks the bodies are of the missing trawler’s labourers .
Later in the day, a third dead body was found floating in the Chandpur section of the river.
Gajaria police station OC Harun-Ur-Rashid, and Naval Police Outpost In-Charge Mizanur Rahman, confirmed the matter.
Mizan said: “We are not still sure whether the body is one of the missing labourers.”
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) police, Naval Police, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Bangladesh Navy divers, and the District Administration started rescue operations in the Chandpur section of the Meghna River from Sunday morning.
Before that, the search operation ended after five days in Munshiganj, as there were no signs of the missing 20 men and the trawler there.
Chandpur Matlab Uttar Mahanpur police Outpost SI, Ishan, said: “The rescue mission is still going on.”
Meanwhile, the owner of the trawler, Zakir Dewan, 45, was arrested in a case filed by a survivor of the trawler.
OC Harun confirmed the news.
Zakir was arrested around 12pm from Narayanganj’s Panchabati area. He went into hiding after the accident took place.
Earlier, a case was filed by a survivor of the trawler, against the trawler’s boatswain Md Habib, 55, from Madaripur, owner Zakir from Narayanganj, and the unnamed captain of the cargo ship. Labourer Shah Alam filed the case with Gajaria police station.
A nine-member probe committee was also formed to investigate why the trawler capsized.
BIWTA, the Fire Service, river police, and the Bangladesh Coast Guard also formed a search party to locate the trawler with the help of a side-scan sonar system.
The probe body, which was formed on January 17 by the Munshiganj district administration, is headed by Additional District Magistrate Mobassherul Islam.
On Friday, he confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that the committee had been formed.
Previously, on January 15, the trawler—carrying 34 workers from Comilla—sank in the Meghna River around 3am while heading to Fatullah in Narayanganj, after it collided with an oil-laden tanker.
Although 14 workers managed to swim ashore, the remaining 20 went missing. All the workers were from Pabna and Sirajganj districts.