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6 people die as picnic trawler capsizes in Padma

At least six people died and several others were injured as a picnic boat carrying about 50 people capsized in a tributary of the Padma river after a collision with a bulkhead here tonight.

The incident took place around 8:30pm when a sand-laden trawler hit the engine-run boat near Rashkathi village under Louhajang upazila of the district.

Local people have so far recovered six unidentified bodies, including women and children, besides they have taken at least 10 people, who sustained injuries, to different hospitals for treatment.

Munshiganj Superintendent of Police Mohammad Aslam Khan said the trawler was going back to Sirajdikhan upazila after a daylong picnic in the Padma Bridge area. While returning back home, the boat capsized after a collision with the bulkhead.

A number of women and children were onboard, he said, adding that the local people initially rushed to the spot and rescued the passengers.

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