Kinniya tragedy : Owner of capsized ferry flees
The owner of the ferry that capsized in Kinniya, Trincomalee yesterday (23) has fled area, police spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said.
Police are on a manhunt for him, as eastern province governor Anuradha Yahampath has ordered an investigation into the tragedy.
Six persons, including four children, were killed, while at least eleven other children were hospitalised, after a ferry capsized in the Kurunjankeni lagoon in Kinniya.
The ferry was used by people of the area as to cross the lagoon, as a bridge is under construction there.
It had been transporting around 25 children and teachers to school when the tragedy occurred.
Governor Yahampath has directed the province's commissioner of local government N. Manivannan, and the DIG of Trincomalee to probe the incident speedily.
She has asked for details with regard to the officials in charge of, and those who maintained the ferry service.
The governor has also appointed a three-member committee of inquiry, which has already visited the scene of the incident.