HYDERABAD: Two years after 21 tourists were killed when a boat overturned in Krishna river at Vijayawada , justice has still not been delivered to the families of the victims.
On November 12, 2017, a boat with a capacity of 30, and carrying 42 people, had overturned near Pavitra Sangamam at Ibrahimptnam.
A case of culpable homicide was booked against 10 people, including five partners of River Boating and Adventure Company, but the it is still pending trial. Vijayawada police took one year to chargesheet the case. According to Ibrahimpatnam police, the chargesheet was filed on November 30 in 2018. The court accepted the chargesheet and issued Criminal Case number on March 29, 2019. The police said that the case is still pending trial.
Vijayawada commissioner of police Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, told TOI: “The case is now pending trial. We filed the chargesheet as early as possible. In the case, we arrested 10 persons, including the crew members and partners in the company. A total of 21 died in the mishap and 20 were rescued. The case was booked under Section 304 Part 2 Culpable homicide not amounting to murder. There was clear negligence on the part of boat owners and crew. They had overloaded the boat with passengers. It was an old boat, and repairs were done to use it again. There was no certificate to the boat. The trial is yet to begin.”
The accused five partners, were chargesheeted.