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Admin, tourism officials blamed for Patna boat tragedy

PATNA: Senior officials in Patna and Saran districts administration and Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) might face the music as the team probing the Sabbalpur diara boat tragedy on January 14 has clearly pointed out slackness on their part.

Altogether 24 persons died when the countrymade boat carrying them back from diara to Patna after the kite festival organized by BSTDC capsized around 5.30pm on Makar Sanskranti, reports The Times of India.

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The probe team comprising principal secretary (disaster management) Pratyaya Amrit and DIG (central range) Shalin submitted its report to principal secretary (home) Amir Subhani on Friday.

“The boat tragedy probe committee submitted its report this morning and it is being studied. The state government will take further action based on thorough scrutiny of the report,” Subhani told TOI.

“The report has been prepared on the basis of extensive field visits, survivors’ account, statements of eyewitnesses and government officials on duty. We have also taken into consideration media reports and video clips shot at the spot on the day of the accident,” Shalin told TOI.

Speaking about the people and agencies found responsible for the accident, Shalin said, “We have tried to analyse and explain the lapses and oversights that led to the unfortunate incident and fixed responsibilities on those whom we have found guilty of such lapses and omission.”

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