Bhubaneswar: The volunteer water body Water Initiative Odisha (WIO) has come out in support of the arrested boatman, who was arrested for the boat mishap in Hirakud reservoir.
The WIO convenor demanded immediate release of the boatman until proven guilty. He said Prima facie observations show that the boatman and the passengers could be equally responsible for the tragedy.
Further, the lack of inspections as per the existing ferry laws of the land also makes the concerned authorities responsible for the incidence. Why a poor boatman alone should be arrested, the activist said.
Along with the boatman if the Government interested to do justice the authorities should take responsibility of this illegality and be brought under purview of law, the WIO convenor said.