Distraught relatives protest over Bangladesh ferry tragedy
Published on May 17, 2014 8:18 PM
GAJARIA (AFP) - Anguished relatives protested a decision Saturday to stop searching for bodies of passengers they feared were trapped inside a ferry that sunk in central Bangladesh leaving at least 54 dead, police said.
Two salvage vessels managed to float the sunken ship, MV Miraz, and brought it closer to the shore, allowing divers to search inside of the 30m-long boat three days after it sank.
Scores of relatives waiting on a river bank reacted in anger after divers failed to find more bodies, prompting authorities to halt the search, a police officer said. Some have relatives still unaccounted for.
“They chanted slogans against the inland water transport authority,” district police chief Zakir Hossain said of the relatives, some of whom have been waiting on the bank since the accident on Thursday.
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