- Dhubri Circle Officer Sanju Das missing
- Some people managed to swim while others were rescued: Deputy Commissioner Anbamuthan
- About 100 passengers were on the boat
Assam News: A major accident has happened in Assam. A boat capsized in the Brahmaputra river in Dhubri district. Since then 7 people including a circle officer and school student aboard are missing. The search and rescue team has started the operation. SDRF Chief Executive Officer Gyanendra Dev Tripathi gave this information.
About 100 passengers were on the boat
Locals claim that the boat was carrying around 100 passengers and 10 bikes were loaded on it. The boat was on its way to Bhashni and rammed into a bridge pole at Adbari, about 3 km from Dhubri, and overturned, an official said. So far 15 people have been rescued, the official said.
Dhubri Circle Officer Sanju Das is missing
He said that several school children were also on the boat and so far no one has been found. Dhubri circle officer Sanju Das and a land documents officer and an office worker were also on board the boat and were going to conduct a survey in some area. Das could not be traced while the other two persons swam and came out safely. The local people launched a rescue operation with their boat. Another Guwahati official said that the help of swimmers of the State Disaster Response Force is also being taken.
Some people managed to swim while others were rescued: Deputy Commissioner Anbamuthan
Dhubri deputy commissioner Anbamuthan said some people were able to swim while others were rescued. He said that teams of State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Border Security Force have been deployed for search and rescue operations. Anbamuthan said circle officer Sanju Das was also among the 7 missing. Anbamuthan said that efforts are on to rescue them and we hope to get them safely soon.
Assam cabinet minister Ashok Singhal tweeted
Assam cabinet minister Ashok Singhal has tweeted about the accident. He wrote that ‘I am hurt by the news of boat capsizing in Brahmaputra in Dhubri today. Praying for the safety of more than 50 passengers aboard the boat. There is a small canal near the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge. The team was crossing him on a wooden boat. That’s when the accident happened.