With the recovery of 12 more bodies from Ganga River today,the death toll in the boat tragedy in Dubahar area has climbed to 57,police said today.
“Since early morning 12 more bodies have been fished out from the river by the divers,” station house officer of Dubahar Shobhnath Yadav said.
The search operation is continuing in the area.
The incident occurred yesterday when a boat carrying villagers,mainly from four families in Ujveria,was proceeding from Ojhawalia ghat to attend a family function on the other side of the river and capsized.
“Rescuers found 45 bodies till late last night. Among the dead were 17 children,14 women and 14 men,” police said.
Police said 17 people were either rescued or managed to swim to safety.
A magisterial inquiry had been ordered into the cause of the mishap.
“The inquiry will be conducted by additional D M A K Dwiwedi. An FIR will also be lodged against the driver of the vessel,” District Magistrate C Senthil Pandiyan had said.
Chief Minister Mayawati had announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh each to the kin of those killed in the mishap.