Death toll in Assam boat tragedy rises to 3 as body of last missing person is found

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Assam boat tragedy: an official announced that the search operation will now be canceled. (To file)

Guwahati:

The body of the last person missing in the boat tragedy was found in the Brahmaputra River in Assam on Tuesday a week after the crash, bringing the death toll to three, an official said.

The body of Bikramjit Barua, a doctor by profession, was found about 30 kilometers downstream from the crash site in Nimati Ghat in Jorhat district, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Barman said.

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His bag was recovered on the bank further downstream.

“The body has been officially identified. We have no more people missing in the accident,” said Barman.

The DC added that the search operation will now be canceled.

Residents of the Ahotguree region in Majuli district alerted authorities after spotting a body floating on the Brahmaputra.

The body later identified as Barua’s was returned to the family after an autopsy.

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Three people died when a private boat with 92 people on board capsized and sank in the Brahmaputra on the evening of September 8, following a head-on collision with a government-owned steam ferry near Nimati Ghat. While a woman died in hospital after being rescued from the river on the day of the crash, the body of a missing person was found on September 11.

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Twelve people, including the owner of the boat and six employees of the Department of River Transport, were arrested in connection with a case registered by Jorhat police in connection with the accident.

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