Dhubri, Sep 29: A mechanized boat carrying nearly 75 people, including many school students, capsized in the Brahmaputra river in the Dhubri district of Assam on Thursday.

Dhubri revenue circle officer Sanju Das among several others is also missing.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel are engaged in search-and-rescue operations.

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“A country-made boat capsized in the Brahmaputra river in Dhubri district. Search and rescue teams have started the operations. More details are awaited,” said Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, chief executive officer, Assam State Disaster Management Authority, as saying.

“This mechanized country boat was meant for carrying goods only. Why the circle officer himself was traveling with so many other passengers is a matter that needs to be probed,” said Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.