Malda (West Bengal) [India], November 24 (ANI): Six people were rescued and two went missing after a launch capsized in Ganga river in Malda district of West Bengal on Monady evening, said District Magistrate (DM) Rajarshi Mitra.
A search operation is underway.
Malda Zilla Parishad Sabhadhipati Gaur Chandra Mondal visited the ghat at Manikchak near where the incident occurred around 7 pm on Monday.
"The Manikchak ghat is maintained by Malda Zilla Parishad. According to the local people, the launch, loaded with eight trucks, came from Rajmahal ghat of Jharkhand. During the time of unloading of the trucks at the Manikchak ghat, the launch capsized in the river Ganga due to some unknown reason. As a result, initially, eight people went missing, along with the eight trucks," Mondal said.
The Malda administration has started an enquiry into the cause of the incident, he added. (ANI)