Odisha's Chilika mishap: Boatman arrested

The boatman told police that the boat had a capacity to ferry 15 people, but 29 people had boarded it forcibly.

Published: 13th December 2016 04:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th December 2016 05:49 AM   |  A+A-

Chilika lake
By Express News Service

BERHAMPUR: Boatman Bideshi Mallick alias Hatia was arrested by Rambha Police after being discharged from hospital on Monday. The fishing boat with 31 persons on board had capsized in Chilika lake last week killing four persons and leaving 13 injured. The boat was going to Ghantasila when it overturned.

Police had registered a case against boat owner Dutia Mallick and boatman Hatia under Sections 280 and 304 of IPC on Saturday for ferrying passengers in the fishing boat. The injured passengers were admitted to MKCGMCH and 13 of them, including the boatman, were discharged on Monday.

Hatia told police that the boat had a capacity to ferry 15 people, but on Saturday 29 people boarded it forcibly. On the other hand, owners of boats plying in Chilika have urged the administration to withdraw the case registered against Mallick.

Odia youth killed in Chennai

A youth of Patrapur block in Ganjam district, who was working for a private firm in Chennai, was electrocuted on Monday. He is Kanhu Behera (22) of Kumbhar street in Patrapur.

Sources said electrical wires near Kanhu’s office in Chennai had snapped due to heavy wind on Monday noon under the impact of severe cyclonic storm Vardah. One of the wires in the office bathroom too had snapped. Unaware of this, Kanhu entered the bathroom and got electrocuted. Company management informed Kanhu’s parents about his death.

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