Four persons, including two children, drowned after a boat capsized in the Brahmaputra river in Assam‘s Jorhat district, officials said on January 27. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered.
Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni Aparanji Korati said that the mishap occurred on January 26 when 14 persons out on a picnic went for a ride on a small country boat, which capsized probably due to overloading.
Onlookers rescued 10 passengers and took them to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. The bodies of four missing persons were recovered by the state disaster response force personnel near Baghmora picnic spot.
The deceased were identified as Paban Rai (30), Rajiya Tigula (24), Sahil Chauhan (15), and Sufiyan Chauhan (9).
“A magisterial inquiry report will be submitted within 15 days,” Korati told the media.
People near the area alleged that boatmen occasionally overload their boats with visitors without taking adequate safety measures.