Bengal jetty collapse toll rises to 13

Posted April 30, 2017

Hooghly: At least three people were killed and several others missing after a boat jetty sank in high tide in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Wednesday.

Police divers were looking for the missing people till late in the afternoon, district officials said.

Superintendent of Police Sukesh Jain said, "We will investigate how the jetty collapsed, the exact condition of the jetty and whether there was lack of maintenance".

Rescue workers carry out search operation in Hooghly. The police and the local people rushed to the rescue.

After this incident state government has assured to give compensation of Rs. 3 lakh to died people and to the injured people Rs. 25,000/.

Search operation being carried out after a jetty collapsedat Bhadreswar in West Bengal on Wednesday
Search operation being carried out after a jetty collapsedat Bhadreswar in West Bengal on Wednesday

Meanwhile, the four lease-holders of Telenipara jetty, who were arrested on Thursday, were Friday remanded to police custody for nine days.

A high-level meeting was also held at Nabanno on Friday to discuss whether operation of jetties is safe and smooth, sources said.

"It was a temporary jetty, which submerged under water due to high tide in the river", a local resident Anup Sen said.

The accident occurred when the passengers were waiting at the bamboo jetty at Telinipara for boarding a launch to cross the river and reach Shyamnagar in North 24 Parganas district.

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