At least five people drowned as a boat capsized in Kaoaljani river in Tangail’s Basail Upazila on Friday afternoon.
The deceased are boatman Taij Uddin; Jamela Begum, wife of Miju Mia; Himidur Rahmna Rono, her son; Shah Alom, son of Haidar Ali, and another woman aged around 32 years.
Rubel Mia, a member of Kauljani Union Parishad, said the incident took place around 4:00pm when the boatman came in contact of a live wire in mid-river in Gilabari area and got electrocuted, reports news agency UNB.
At one stage, the passengers on board got panicked that led to the capsize.
“Five bodies have so far retrieved from the spot,” he said, adding that it is unclear how many passengers were on board.
Shafiqul Islam, a fire-man of Fire Service and Civil Defence’s Basail station, said on information, they sent divers to the spot.