Missing master of the sunk oil tanker’s mutilated body found
Nirapad News : The mutilated body of Mokhlesur Rahman, master of the oil tanker Southern Star-7, surfaced on the Shela river near Jaymuni area around 6:00am, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer of Chandpai forest range.The mutilated body was found this morning five days after the vessel sank in the Sundarbans.
Locals rushed to the spot and retrieved the body with help of forest officials. Md Gias Uddin, manager of Southern Star-7, endorsed the find.
The body was mutilated with a leg broken and injury marks, claimed Shahidul Islam, son in-law of the deceased, reports our correspondent present at the spot.
The master was missing since the day the oil tanker sank in the world’s largest mangrove forest spilling gallons of furnace oil through a stretch of over 50km in the adjacent rivers.
He was among the eight crew members on board. The seven others managed to swim to safety, but he remained missing.
Mokhlesur Rahman, 50, was the son of Uzzat Ali from Barisal’s Bakerganj upazila. The body was kept near the office of Chandpai forest range since last reported.
Oil-laden tanker Southern Star-7 sank hit by another vessel ‘Total’ early on Tuesday, spilling over 56.5 thousand litres of furnace oil in the area.
Authorities were now taking the help of locals and hired workers in a manual process of scooping up and collecting the oil smeared through the forest floor, trees and the rivers.
Amid widespread criticism of the “careless” incident, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said the oil spill would cause little harm to the environment of the Sundarbans.
An inter-ministerial meeting is scheduled today which is expected to discuss the plying of vessels through Shela riverine route currently under suspension.
Another meeting, tabled today, is expected to shed light on whether Bangladesh will take assistance from a British-based company for the clean-up of the Sundarbans.