6 arrested in Assam boat accident case

Guwahati: At least 6 personnel of Assam's IWT department have been detained for allegedly not following security norms. It is alleged that a boat carrying more than 90 people overturned in the Brahmaputra a few days ago due to negligence in which two persons died and one went missing. Police said they have been booked for culpable homicide, not murder.

On 8th September, at least two persons were examined and one went missing after a personal boat with 92 people capsized after a head-on collision with a Government boat near Nimati Ghat in Jorhat district. Jorhat Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain said on Sunday that three persons working in a personal boat were taken for questioning while several officers were summoned to record their statements.

At the same time, Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain said that they have detained 6 IWT employees from Nimti Ghat after finding that they had not followed the safety norms. He said the accident could have been averted. Police have registered a case under Section 34 (criminal act committed by many persons for general intent of all) along with Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Jain said three persons working in a personal boat at Kamalabari in Majuli district have also been called for questioning.

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