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Dahanu boat tragedy: Search ops called off; duo in police custody till Jan 19

According to the collector’s report, there were 35 students on board with the 2 pilots

mumbai Updated: Jan 14, 2018 22:40 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
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The picture of the boat released by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard on Sunday called off the search operations in Dahanu, where a boat carrying 35 students capsized on Saturday, killing three.

While the two arrested accused, boat owner Dhiraj Ambire and his son, Parth, have been remanded in police custody till January 19, the Dahanu police are yet to arrest Mahendra Ambire, who was steering the boat and is being treated at Cottage Hospital in Dahanu.

The Dahanu police have seized the boat. “The trio has been booked under section 304  (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), section 280 (rash navigation of vessel) and 282 (conveying person by water for hire in unsafe or overloaded vessel) of the IPC,” said Hemant Katkar, sub-inspector and public relations officer, Palghar Police, adding, “The boat was registered, but did not have permission from the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) and the Palghar police to ferry people.”

Elaborating on the rescue operations, commandant M Vijay Kumar of Coast Guard, Dahanu, said, “We did three sorties since Sunday morning, and also did close coast patrolling to check if anybody was floating in the waters. We also pressed a fast patrolling vessel (FPV) and an interceptor craft from Mumbai which continued the search operations into the night and on Sunday morning. Five Coast Guard divers from Worli aided the search operations.”

According to the collector’s report, there were 35 students on board with the 2 pilots. “Three girls -- Sonal Surti, her cousin, Jhanvi Surti and Sanskruti Mayavanshi – died, while the rest have been rescued,” said a Coast Guard official.

Sopan Ingle, principal of the Babubhai Ponda Junior College, where the three girls studied, said their sympathies are with the family. “The students had gone on a joyride on their own. The college can’t be held responsible for it. We are cooperating with the Dahanu police. We are equally shocked,” said Ingle, who also teaches English at the college. “We will observe a holiday on Monday, and also the secretarial practice (SP) exam for Class 12 (prelims) and English exam for Class 11 (second unit test) will be cancelled and will be held on January 23.”

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 18:00 IST