Another body was found floating in the river on Tuesday in lower Majuli’s Bhekeli Chapori area almost a week after the tragic boat capsize in the river Brahmaputra.
The body found in a black shirt is suspected to be of boat capsize victim Dr. Bikramjit Barua, who went missing from the spot right after the incident.
A team of officials rushed to the spot in Bhekeli Chapori of Majuli, where the body was noticed by the locals.
Baruah, who was a resident of Borigaon in Jorhat, was an ENT specialist. He is survived by his father, wife Dr. Arunima Borah, and two children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Baruah’s bag containing RC, ID card has been recovered in Biswanath’s Bhasatapu.
On Friday, the body of one Indreshwar Bora was recovered at Biswanath Ghat. Bora was also missing since the boat capsize in Nimatighat
A 28-year-old teacher at a college in Majuli Parimita Das succumbed to her injuries at Jorhat Medical College Hospital following the mishap on the same day.
According to government records, there were 92 passengers on board on the day of the incident out of which three were found dead till now.
The police have arrested 11 people so far in the case related to capsize of Maa Kamala ferry boat including the owner Paniram Kalita.
The single-engine ferry that sank was headed for Nimatighat from Kamalabari ferry point in Majuli, an ‘island’ district and Assembly constituency represented by Ports and Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Like most ferries on the Brahmaputra and other rivers of Assam, it was operating without any adherence to safety guidelines.
Meanwhile, the state government suspended three Inland Water Transport Department officials after the mishap and banned the plying of all single-engine boats while offering subsidised loans to ferry operators to upgrade their vessels with marine engines and other safety measures.
Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited Majuli to take stock of the boat tragedy. He said that within four years the construction of the bridge will be complete.
The people of Majuli are demanding a bridge over the Brahmaputra from Jorhat to Majuli. The bridge connecting Jorhat and Majuli is a long pending demand of the people.
It has been alleged by a section of people that many of the Satradhikars are not in favour of the construction of a bridge linking the river island fearing that it would destroy the uniqueness of the cultures and traditions of the island.