Hartal in Kinniya town over fatal ferry capsize

By Rebecca Pavey and Nabiya Vaffoor in Kinniya | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 26 2021
News Hartal in Kinniya town over fatal ferry capsize

By Rebecca Pavey and Nabiya Vaffoor in Kinniya

A hartal was staged in Trincomalee yesterday (25) by closing all shops in Kinniya town to protest against the Kinniya ferry tragedy. They demanded justice for the six lives that were lost and the several others who were injured in the incident two days ago. 

Police arrested the owner of the ferry and two of its operators on Wednesday (24).

Assistant Director of the District Disaster Management Centre (DMC) K.B. Suganathas made these remarks after the ferry capsized along the Kurinchakeni Lagoon.

When questioned on what action was being taken by the DMC for those affected by this incident, Suganathas said the families of the deceased will be compensated. 

He added, however, that the provision of relief for those injured is still being discussed, while only those in critical condition will be eligible.

Furthermore, he said discussions pertaining to the matter are being held at the district level.

When questioned on whether any person would be held accountable for this tragedy, Suganathas said while no one can be held accountable yet, he questioned the grounds on which the Chairman of the Kinniya Urban Council had permitted the operation of this ferry service. The Kinniya UC Chairman was arrested yesterday evening on charges of aiding and abetting the owner of the ferry service.

Suganathas said local authorities and the Rural Development Authority (RDA) must both implement guidelines and criteria for the operation of such ferry services across Trincomalee, if such tragedies are to be prevented in the future. 

A similar incident is believed to have occurred several years ago. When asked about this, he said no casualties had been reported in this incident, and that it had occurred nearly seven to eight years ago.


By Rebecca Pavey and Nabiya Vaffoor in Kinniya | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 26 2021

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