Kendrapara: A pall of gloom descended on Hasina village in Kendrapara district where last rites of nine persons killed in Wednesday’s boat capsize accident were performed today.
Today, heart-rending scenes were witnessed, as the mortal remains of the accident victims were cremated en masse at the graveyard in the village crematorium.
The tragic incident occurred when a boat carrying over 50 people of 17 families-hailing from Kujang area in Jagatsinghpur district– was returning after a picnic at the Light House at Hukitola on the occasion of New Year.
The boat lost control due to over loading and capsized in the Mahanadi river mouth near Nipania in Kedrapara district.
The boat was carrying around 50 people even though it had capacity of 10 passengers. The overloading is suspected to be reason behind the mishap. The boat man has been detained and being question by police, Kendrapara SP Niti Sekhar said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for the kin of each died and free treatment for the injured.