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GoodBye-Election: Three Policemen Feared Dead As Boat Capsizes In Bayelsa

At least 40 dead bodies have been fished out and over 230 people were still missing after a ferry, with over 350 people on board, capsized in heavy storm in Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Dhubri district Monday evening, officials said.Sources in the district administration confirmed that 40 bodies have been fished out. The Border Security Force (BSF) and National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) could rescue about 80 people from the river till now.Some of the passengers of the ill-fated ferry also reached the river bank by swimming and with the help of local people, the sources informed.Local people said the incident took place in the evening hours when the ferry, on its way to Madattari under Fakirganj police station from Dhubri town, was caught up in a heavy storm. PHOTO-REBA KUMAR BORAH.

No less than three police officers who were on bye-election duty have reportedly drowned in Bayelsa State, according to The PUNCH.

They were said to have drowned on their way to the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa Central senatorial district after the speedboat in which they were travelling reportedly capsized.

The incident was said to have occurred on the eve of the Saturday senatorial bye-elections in Bayelsa Central and West.

The deceased cops were being conveyed to their place of primary assignment when the incident took place.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the accident.

“The boat capsized on their way to Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area,” he said.

Butswat, however, said the number of casualties had yet to be ascertained.

Written by Izuchukwu E.N

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