The dead body of one of the boat passengers, who went missing after Wednesday’s ferry accident site in Nimatighat near Majuli, was recovered about 100 km downstream of the Brahmaputra river on Saturday morning.
The person has been identified as Indreshwar Bora, a teacher of Rajgarh High School. His body was recovered at a waterbody inside the Kaziranga National Park, the park authorities said. His bag was reportedly recovered at the Biswanath Ghat on Friday.
“One dead body was recovered by the staff early on Saturday morning at the Bhasa Tapu near Umatumuni Island of Biswanath. RO Central Range, Biswanath then informed civil and police administration,” said P. Sivkumar, Director of Kaziranga National Park.
“After checking the belongings by the river, it was confirmed to be Indeshwar Bora, one of the persons missing after the ferry incident of Nimatighat, Jorhat,” the official said.
Bora was travelling with his wife Ruprekha, from Rampur to Lakhimpur district when the tragic accident occurred. He had reportedly helped his wife to safety and rescued several other passengers before he went missing after the accident.
His wife claims to have seen him return to the ferry to help passengers who were trapped in the sinking boat.
Bora’s body has been sent to Biswanath Chariali and will be taken for post-mortem before handing over to family members.
Superintendent of Biswanath Leena Doley said the body was found by a local fisherman at Bhasa Tapu near Bishwanath Ghat and later recovered by the police team.
“The documents recovered from the wallet confirm the body belongs to Indreshwar Bora. However, final confirmation can be done only after post mortem report is available,” Doley said
Park officials and Bokakhat Civil Administration are continuously monitoring the river.
At least two persons have been killed and one is still missing after a single-engine private boat with around 90 passengers heading to Majuli collided with a government-owned ferry near Nimati Ghat on Wednesday.
Search operations are being conducted by multiple agencies, including NDRF, SDRF, district administrations and police personnel.
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