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Assam Boat tragedy: Body of one more missing person recovered at Biswanath

The body of one more person, who went missing following the boat accident in Nimatighat has been recovered on Saturday morning.

The body has been identified as Indreshwar Bora. Bora’s body was recovered at a waterbody inside the Kaziranga National Park.

On Friday, Indreshwar Bora’s bag was recovered at Biswanath Ghat.

Indreshwar Bora (Jaan) along with his wife Ruprekha from Rampur in the Nowboucha area in Lakhimpur district was travelling in the ill-fated boat on Wednesday after visiting the Dhekikahowa Namghar.

Bora, a school teacher at Rajgarh High School rescued his wife Ruprekha and other fellow passengers to safety before going missing with the sinking vessel on the Brahmaputra.

Bora’s body has been sent to Biswanath Chariali and will be taken for a post-mortem before handing over to family members.

Biswanath SP Leena Doley said the body was found by a local fisherman at Bhasa Tapu near Bishwanath Ghat and later recovered by the police.

“The documents recovered from the wallet confirm the body belongs to Indreshwar Bora. However, final confirmation can be done only after post mortem report is available,” Doley said.

At least two persons have been killed and one is still missing after a single-engine private boat with around 90 passengers heading to Majuli collided with a government-owned ferry near Nimatighat on Wednesday.

NDRF and SDRF have been carrying out the search and rescue operation since Wednesday. Another person Dr. Bikramjit Baruah is still missing.

Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday visited Nimatighat to take stock of the ferry tragedy that took place on Wednesday.

Sonowal assured the people of Majuli that within four years the construction work of the Majuli bridge will be completed. Majuli which is the world’s largest inhabited river island depends entirely on boats and ferries for transportation. Daily thousands of commuters from Majuli and Jorhat take the perilous plunge of boarding single-engine boats to cross the mighty Brahmaputra.

The people of Majuli held the state government responsible for the incident because of the lack of a bridge between Jorhat and Majuli

Meanwhile, single-engine boats were banned in the state after the incident. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked operators to convert the single-engine boats into marine engines for which 75% subsidy would be given to the private boat owners.
After the boat capsize three senior officials of the IWT department were also suspended on charges of negligence of duty.

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