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The owners and workers of the launch have talked about the possible way to catch fire in the Sugandha river in Jhalokati. Some launchers think that such a big incident could happen due to fire in the engine room. The owner of the launch says the engine was replaced last October. However, permission was not sought from the Department of Shipping.

Permission must be obtained for structural changes or engine changes to the launch. Permission was not obtained from us before changing the engine of the Expedition-10 launch.

The launch named MV Abhiyan-10 left Sadarghat of Dhaka for Barguna last Thursday evening. The fire broke out on the three-storey launch while it was on the Sugandha river when it reached near Jhalokati town at around 2.30 pm. The fire quickly spread to the entire launch. Most of the passengers on the launch were asleep on a winter night. 37 people were killed in the incident. Hundreds of passengers were burnt and are being treated at various hospitals. The number of casualties is expected to rise further.

The fire in the engine room could be one of the reasons behind such a large fire at the launch, the fire service said. Some of the launch workers who work in the engine room said that it is very normal to have a small fire in the engine room of the launch. Such things happen. Most of the time the launch crews put it out. But people involved in the launch engine speculate that the Expedition-10 launch engine may have generated excessive temperatures. The fire may start from there.

Citing eyewitnesses, locals said it took more than 45 minutes for the launch to reach shore after the fire broke out. Eyewitnesses believe that if the launch could have been launched as soon as the fire broke out, the loss of life could have been avoided.
A launch owner, speaking on condition of anonymity, said most launches use reconditioned or older engines. These are basically the generator engines of ocean-going ships. If there is a fault in the engine and it cannot be repaired, a lot of temperature is generated.
Hamzalal Sheikh, owner of Abhiyan-10 launch, told Prothom Alo that the engine was replaced last October due to defects in the previous two engines. Two engines of 720 horsepower were installed at the dockyard.

Citing eyewitnesses, locals said it took more than 45 minutes for the launch to reach shore after the fire broke out. Eyewitnesses believe that if the launch could have been launched as soon as the fire broke out, the loss of life could have been avoided.

There are currently six launch route permits on the Dhaka-Barguna route. Apart from Messrs. Al Araf & Company’s MV Expedition-10, the other launches are jointly owned by Messrs. Khan Traders and Messrs. Survi Paribahan – Rajarhat-B, Pubali-1, Shahrukh-2 and Rajhans-6, MV Farhan-6. Jatiya Party MP Golam Kibria owns the launch of MV Farhan-6.

Kamal Hossain Bhuiyan, deputy director of the Barisal division of the fire service, told Prothom Alo that the fire was initially believed to have started from the engine room of the launch. Eyewitness Barguna passenger Zahidul Islam gave a similar statement. In the first light, he said, the whole deck of the launch got heated after leaving Barisal seaport at half past one in the night. Due to the cold and fog, the deck was blocked with triplets. The fire broke out when the launch was approaching Deuri area from Jhalakati station at around 2.30 pm. When it came a little far, the engine room caught fire.

The fire then spread throughout the launch. He claimed that there were diesel-filled drums

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