Mumbai Boat Accident: Maharashtra Home Minister Deepak Kesarkar orders ‘fast-track’ inquiry while opposition slams state govt

The opposition slammed Maharashtra government for neglecting safety measures and demanded strong action against the guilty people

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After the Mumbai Boat Accident, Maharashtra Home Minister Deepak Kesarkar on Thursday said that a ‘fast-track’ probe will be carried out on the matter and strict action will be taken against those found guilty in the investigation. 

Earlier on Wednesday, a boat toppled carrying Shiv Smarak Samiti’s activists, journalists, and state officials for laying the foundation stone for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial. Siddhesh Pawar (35) died during the incident and after almost three hours of the search operation, his body was found around 8:00 PM. 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday ordered a thorough investigation into the matter and declared ₹5 lakh as compensation in the name of the deceased. 

The opposition parties lashed out at the state government for the mishap saying that this accident happened due to negligence, and alleged that no safety measures were taken to prevent this. In a boat that can ferry up to 16 passengers, 25 people were riding. Congress has also demanded a judicial probe into the matter. 

While Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut demands a criminal complaint (FIR) be registered against the culprits involved for risking the lives of people onboard, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar has slammed the state government saying that there was no need to organise the event without the presence of the home minister and chief minister. 

Pawar claimed that this was just an image-building gimmick by Shiv Smarak Samiti President Vinayak Mete.

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