The captain of the barge that sank in the Arabian Sea during Cyclone Tauktae was charged by the Mumbai Police on Friday. The incident on Monday claimed the lives of at least 49 people. The captain was arrested after rescued barge chief engineer Rahman Shaikh filed a lawsuit.
The case was filed at Mumbai’s Yellow Gate police station under Indian Penal Code sections 304(II) (act done with awareness that it is likely to cause death), 338 (causing grievous harm by an act endangering others’ life or personal safety), and 34 (common intention) (IPC).
Joint commissioner of police Vishwas Nangre Patil (Law and Order) said, “We have registered a complaint against the captain and others on the basis of a statement given by chief engineer Rahman Shaikh. He has complained that alert was issued by the meteorological department but it was not taken seriously by the captain and other people concerned who should have taken the alert seriously and move the barge to a safer place,”.
186 crew members have been rescued and 49 bodies have been retrieved so far by the Indian Navy and coast guard. On Friday, the search for the 37 people who have gone missing entered its fifth day. 26 people are missing from P305, and 11 are crew members of the tug boat Varaprada, which also vanished during the cyclone.