Khaleda Zia alleged government for frequent accidents
23 February 2015, Nirapad News: With profound shock at the loss of lives in a launch capsize in the Padma River, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia alleged that government did not take any effective steps to prevent frequent accidents on roads, and rail and water ways.
In a condolence message, Khaleda said, “The government didn’t take any effective measures to check accidents though widespread crashes are taking place one after another on roads, rail and water ways.”
She said the government has remained reluctant about controlling the incidents of transport and vessel crashes and building collapses as it is busy cementing its ‘illegal’ power. “We strongly condemn and protest the government’s indifference to check accidents.”
“I’m deeply shocked and saddened like the country’s people over the loss of many lives and missing of many others following the capsize of a launch with more than 200 passengers on Paturia-Daulatdia river route. I don’t have any word to express shock over such an appalling incident,” the statement said.
Khaleda called upon the government to mete out exemplary punishment to those actually responsible for the accident after identifying them through a fair investigation into it.
The BNP chief also demanded the government provide the victims’ families with due compensations. She prayed for salvation of the departed souls and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
At least 48 people died as the launch, ‘MV Mostafa’, sank in the mid river around 11:45 am after it was hit by a fertilizer-laden cargo vessel, ‘Nargis-1’, while it was heading towards Daulatdia ferry ghat from Paturia ghat.