Earlier in the day, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority also formed a separate six-member committee to investigate the launch fire. Md Saiful Islam, additional director of port and transportation department, will head the committee.

The government notification comes hours after the devastating fire on Avijan-10 carrying some 800 passengers from Dhaka to Barguna claimed the lives of 36 people and left 72 others injured.

The blaze, in fact, began on Avijan-10 in the middle of the Sugandha river off the coast of Jhalokati district's sadar upazila around 3:00am. Within five to 10 minutes, the flames engulfed the entire vessel.

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