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Bangladesh police seek ferry owner, captain as murder case lodged

Published on Aug 6, 2014 6:39 PM
Bangladeshi rescue teams search the waters where an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30km south of the capital Dhaka, on Aug 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Authorities in Bangladesh investigating the sinking of a ferry with nearly 250 people on board have lodged murder charges against the owner and five others, including the captain, taking an unprecedented step in a country where such disasters are all too common.

The ferry, the MV Pinak-6, went down on Monday in a river swelled by monsoon rains about 30 km southwest of the capital, Dhaka, on Monday.

By early Wednesday, rescuers battling strong currents and choppy waves on the Padma river had given up hope of finding alive many of the 133 people still missing, officials in Munshiganj district said.

There were 110 survivors, and seven bodies had been found.

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