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Assam Boat tragedy: Owner of Maa Kamala ferry arrested in Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh police on Monday arrested the owner of the ferry, which was capsized in River Brahmaputra in Assam’s Majuli last week. He was arrested from Dibrugarh.

The arrested owner of the ferry has been identified as Pani Ram Kalita.

The total number of people arrested in the case now stands at 12.

On Thursday, a day after the tragedy, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had directed Jorhat Police to register a criminal case into the accident.

Jorhat Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain said, “We have located the movement of the accused in Dibrugarh and passed on the information to our Dibrugarh counterpart. A police team arrested him and handed him over to Jorhat police. The accused is being brought back to Jorhat for interrogation.”

Assam Special DGP GP Singh tweeted, “The owner of the boat involved in disaster, Sri Pani Ram Kalita has been arrested by @dibrugarhpolice while he was trying for admission to a hospital. Follow up investigation would be done by @Jorhat_Police @assampolice @CMOofficeAssam.”

Two persons have lost their lives on Wednesday after a passenger ferry capsized at the River Brahmaputra in Majuli.

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 completed.

The people of Majuli are demanding for a bridge over Brahmaputra from Jorhat to Majuli. Bridge connecting Jorhat and Majuli is a long pending demand of the people.

It has been alleged 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.

The mishap took place at around 4 pm when the boat, named Maa Kamala, collided with a government boat named Tipkai in the mighty Brahmaputra on September 8, 2021.

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 Saturday, the body of the second victim, Indreshwar Bora, teacher of Rajgarh High School was recovered from Biswanath Ghat.

Jorhat police on Sunday arrested six persons in conection with the boat mishap in the Brahmaputra river near Nimatighat.

One ferry passenger, identified as DR Bikramjit Kakati, a doctor in a hospital in Majuli, is still missing.

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