The owner of the ferry, which capsized in River Brahmaputra in Assam’s Majuli last week has been arrested by the police in Dibrugarh.

The arrested owner of the ferry has been identified as Pani Ram Kalita.

Kalita was arrested by the police while he was trying to get himself admitted to a hospital.

“The owner of the boat involved in disaster, Sri Pani Ram Kalita has been arrested by @dibrugarhpolice while he was trying for admission to a hospital. Follow up investigation would be done by @Jorhat_Police @assampolice @CMOfficeAssam,” tweeted Assam special DGP – GP Singh.

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At least two persons lost their lives on Wednesday after a passenger ferry capsized at the River Brahmaputra in Majuli.

There has been a debate over the need for a bridge over the Brahmaputra linking Majuli island with other parts of the state.

It has been alleged that many of the Satradhikars are not in favour of the construction of a bridge linking the river island fearing that it would destroy the uniqueness of the cultures and traditions of the island.

However, the boat mishap near Nimati Ghat, which claimed the lives of some of the passengers of the boat after it capsized following a collision with a ship, has prompted the Assam government to announce its plan to start the construction of the bridge.

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The foundation stone for the bridge was laid twice, but there was no progress in the construction of the Majuli bridge.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that the construction of the bridge will start on November 2, 2021.

This Assam CM made the announcement just a day after the boat accident.

The mishap took place at around 4 pm when the boat, named Maa Kamala, collided with a ship, named Tipkai in the mighty Brahmaputra on September 8, 2021.

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Parimita Das, a 28-year-old teacher at a college in Majuli, succumbed to her injuries at Jorhat Medical College Hospital following the mishap.

The body of the second victim, Indreshwar Bora, a teacher of Rajgarh High School, was recovered from Kaziranga.

Jorhat Police has arrested six persons in connection with the boat mishap in the Brahmaputra river near Nimati Ghat.

One ferry passenger, identified as DR Bikramjit Kakati, a doctor in a hospital in Majuli, is still missing.

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