Chilika boat mishap: OHRC issues notice to top officials of the state


Bhubaneswar: In connection to the Chilika boat tragedy in which four persons were killed, the Odisha Human Rights Commission(OHRC) on Tuesday has issued notice to two departments of the state government and four top officials seeking for a detailed report of the incident within three weeks.

OHRC voluntarily from its side has sought report within three weeks from the Tourism as well as Commerce and Transport departments, Chilika Development Authority (CDA), Southern Division Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Southern Range IG and Ganjam Collector.

Notably, the tragedy took place on December 10 in Chilika lake in Ganjam district when the allegedly rickety boat was on its way to Ghantasila hill from Sabulia ghat carrying as many as 31 persons, including females and children. The over loaded boat overturned when the boatman lost control after covering a distance of 2 km from the shore. While four persons including an infant died in the mishap, the remaining passengers were rescued by the local fishermen and the Fire Brigade team.

Meanwhile, Rambha police on Monday has arrested the boatman Bideshi Mallick after being discharged from MKCG  hospital. Earlier, police had registered a case against the boat owner Dutia Mallick under sections 280 and 304 of IPC for ferrying passengers in the fishing boat.

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