Six trucks on board goods ship sink in Ganga; four missing
Six stone chips laden trucks on board a goods ship sank in Ganga on Thuirsday night between Sahibganj district of Jharkhand and Manihari area of Katihar district of Bihar. As of now three-four persons are missing due to the incident.
Rescuers of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) which reached the site last night from Deoghar launched the rescue operation
A high level team of District Administration and Police led by Ram Niwas Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Sahibganj and Anuranjan Kispotta, Superintendent of Police which reached the site this morning reviewed the ongoing rescue work.
Talking to The Telegraph Online, Anuranjan Kispotta said , “The incident took place last night near the under construction bridge between Sahibganj and Manihari and six out of 15 trucks on board the ship are missing and three-four persons on board the ship are also missing. Breaking of the sidewall of the ship led to the accident." And he added that only six out of the 15 trucks fell into the river.
“Though the GPS location of the incident seems to be Bihar but we are further verifying the location and also finding out the details of the missing persons of the incident” said Kispotta and added the ship journey began during the evening itself from Sahibganj.
“Some of the persons on board the ship were rescued while three to four persons are still missing for which the rescue work is going on war footing” elaborated Kispotta.
Anant Ojha, BJP MLA of Sahibganj while talking to The Telegraph Online said,” I have received information about the incident last night and took details of the incident and demanded full scale rescue work to find out the other missing persons."
He however raised objection over the transport of the stone chips during the night through the ship and said, “My question is from both Bihar and Jharkhand government that how can the transport of stone chips through ship can be allowed during the night. The incident indicates the large-scale organized smuggling of chips from Jharkhand ot Bihar” further said Ojha.
Notably the largest number of stone mines and stone crushers of Jharkhand are situated in Sahibganj district of Jharkhand and more than one lakh are directly or indirectly engaged in stone mining activity .