Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, Dec 12:

Bideshi Mallick, boatman of the ill-fated boat which capsized in Chilika lake on Saturday killing four persons, was detained at MKCG Medical police outpost in Odisha’s Ganjam district today.


The boatman, who was rescued by other local boatmen and admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital here on the fateful day, was detained by police after he was discharged from the hospital today.

“I tried to rescue as many persons as possible when the boat capsized. Later, I fainted and found myself at hospital when I gained consciousness. Though we have a fishing boat, it is often used to carry passengers,” said Mallick.

Worth mentioning, a case has been filed against him and Dutia Mallick, another boatman of the boat, at Rambha police station under section 280 and 304 of IPC.

Notably, four persons had drowned to death when the boat carrying 29 passengers capsized in Chilika lake in Ganjam district on Saturday.

The mishap took place when the boat carrying as many as 29 tourists was on its way to Ghantasila hill from Sabulia ghat through Chilika lake. However, the boat lost control and overturned midway after covering a distance of 2 km from shore.

The boat was overloaded which lead to the mishap. Besides, the boat had holes in it owing which water entered into it, Chief Executive of Chilika Development Authority (CDA), P Krishna Mohan had said yesterday.