Hooghly: Boat capsizes near Bhadreswar, 3 dead, around 70 missing

Hooghly

Seven bodies were fished out of Bhadreswar in West Bengal's Hooghly district on Friday, raising the number of people, who died in Wednesday's mishap to 13.

Police divers were looking for the missing people till late in the afternoon, district officials said. Too many pilgrims reportedly rushed to board a vessel that was ferrying people to the mainland. Further details are awaited.

Search operation being carried out after a jetty collapsedat Bhadreswar in West Bengal on Wednesday
Search operation being carried out after a jetty collapsedat Bhadreswar in West Bengal on Wednesday

After this incident state government has assured to give compensation of Rs. 3 lakh to died people and to the injured people Rs. 25,000/.

The four jetties near the incident spot have been kept closed for the time being, a source said.

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Local people alleged that poor maintenance of the make-shift jetty caused collapse after high tide hit the wooden structure on the quey.

Jain said four persons, the lease holders of the jetty have been detained and are being interrogated. Currently, all jetty operations have been suspended in the area.

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A local resident, Rakesh Gupta, told the media that despite repeated appeals, the administration did not care to fix the jetty for a long time.

The accident occurred when the passengers bound for Shyamnagar in North 24 Parganas district were waiting at the 150-feet high bamboo jetty at Telinipara for boarding a launch to cross the river.

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