Black Rose came on forged documents: PPT chief

Bhubaneswar/Paradip: A day after the Union Shipping and Water Resources Ministry recommended for a CBI probe into the Black Rose ship capsize, the Paradip Port Trust today said that the Mangolian ship had come to the port on fake documents.

Talking to media persons, PPT chairman Rinkesh Ray said “Two of our trustees had alleged that the vessel had come to the port on forged documents. Several agencies and many people were involved in the sinking.”

The port administration is ready to cooperate with the investigating agency in every aspect, Ray added.

Meanwhile, politics hots up after the recommendation for CBI probe into the ship sinking.

BJP dragged a former minister and BJD MLA of Jajpur district to the incident. BJP state vice president Sameer Mohanty said a relative of a BJD MLA, who was formely a minister, had business relationship with Black Rose.

Veteran BJD leader and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout said he would provide information about the Black Rose sinking if CBI seeks any data from him.

Union Shipping and Water Resources Ministry asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the sinking of Vessel MV Black Rose in the Bay of Bengal at Paradip in September 2009.

Shankar Choudhury, under secretary in the Union Ministry of Shipping, has written a letter in this regard to CBI director Alok Kumar Verma, according to sources.

The shipping ministry’s move comes following a representation of two trustees of Paradip Port Trust, Pratap Mishra and Bhuban Mohan Jena, submitted to the PPT Board in July 2016, seeking inquiry by the federal investigative agency into the sinking of the vessel.

The PPT had examined the representation and sent to the ministry in September 2016.


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