Owner of sunken ferry arrested in Bangladesh

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Owner of sunken ferry arrested in Bangladesh
A Bangladeshi boy cries for his mother, missing after a ferry they were travelling in capsized in the River Padma in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling Tuesday to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in the river in central Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and probably many more. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
A Bangladeshi woman cries for her missing family members, victims of a ferry capsize, in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling Tuesday to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in the river Padma in central Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and probably many more. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
A Bangladeshi woman Mahomuda, right, cries for her missing mother, victim of a ferry capsize, in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling Tuesday to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in the river Padma in central Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and probably many more. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Bangladeshi boy Opu cries for his missing family members, victims of a ferry capsize, in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling Tuesday to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in the river Padma in central Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and probably many more. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
A heavy lift offshore crane arrives for rescue work at the site of a ferry capsize in the River Padma in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling Tuesday to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in the river in central Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and probably many more. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Bangladeshi rescuers search the River Padma after a ferry capsize in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling Tuesday to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in the river Padma in central Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and probably many more. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Bangladeshi onlookers gather on the banks near the scene where an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched August for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi onlookers gather on the banks near the scene where an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched August for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshis mourn for their missing relatives after an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bangladeshi youth (L) mourns for his mother after an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi onlookers gather near the site where an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. The ferry was packed with people returning home from Eid celebrations when it went down in rough conditions around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi Muslims travel home on ferries ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim calendar's holiest month, during which followers abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Bangladeshi woman Munni, whose daughters are missing, cries as rescuers search the River Padma after a passenger ferry capsized in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, and at least 44 people either swam to safety or were rescued but the number of missing passengers is not yet known. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)
Bangladeshi Muslims travel home on ferries ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim calendar's holiest month, during which followers abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Bangladeshi onlookers watch from a ferry near the site where an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. The ferry was packed with people returning home from Eid celebrations when it went down in rough conditions around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bangladeshi relative uses her mobile phone as she mourns for her missing relatives after an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi rescue workers search the site where an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. The ferry was packed with people returning home from Eid celebrations when it went down in rough conditions around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bangladeshi youth mourns for his mother after an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi rescue teams search the waters where an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bangladeshi resident whose brother is missing after a ferry capsize weeps as she speaks on the phone near the scene at the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. The ferry was packed with people returning home from Eid celebrations when it went down in rough conditions around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Large cranes are visible as Bangladeshi rescue teams search the waters where an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshis mourn for their missing relatives after an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi Muslims travel home on ferries ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim calendar's holiest month, during which followers abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
A Bangladeshi resident whose relative is missing after a ferry capsize weeps near the scene at the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. The ferry was packed with people returning home from Eid celebrations when it went down in rough conditions around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bangladeshi resident whose relative is missing after a ferry capsize weeps near the scene at the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. The ferry was packed with people returning home from Eid celebrations when it went down in rough conditions around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bangladeshi resident whose brother is missing after a ferry capsize weeps near the scene at the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. Rescuers in Bangladesh searched for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, amid growing anger among relatives of nearly 120 people still missing. The ferry was packed with people returning home from Eid celebrations when it went down in rough conditions around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshis mourn for their missing relatives after an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshis mourn for their missing relatives after an overloaded ferry capsized the day before in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, on August 5, 2014. The ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank on August 4 in tough conditions on a river in central Bangladesh. Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for. AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - The owner of a Bangladesh ferry that sank earlier this month with more than 100 people dead or missing was arrested Wednesday after weeks in hiding, officials said.

Forces from the anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion raided a house in the southeastern district of Chittagong, where the suspect Abu Bakar Siddique had been hiding since the overloaded ferry M.V. Pinak sank on Aug. 4., said commander Lt. Col. Miftah Uddin Ahmed.

Siddique faces charges of culpable homicide, unauthorized operation and overloading. Forty-eight bodies have been recovered so far and about 60 others remain missing and are presumed dead. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

The ferry had a capacity of 85 passengers but was carrying more than 200 when it capsized in Munshiganj district near the capital, Dhaka. Many of the passengers were returning from their villages after celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

The vessel's captain and four others are also facing similar charges and are on the run too.

Authorities on Monday called off the search for the sunken ferry after scouring more than 50 square kilometers (about 20 square miles) of the Padma river without success. Bad weather and strong currents hampered the operation.

The Padma is one of the largest rivers in the delta nation, which is crisscrossed by more than 130 rivers.

Overcrowding and poor safety standards are often blamed for ferry disasters. In May, about 50 people died when a ferry sank in the same district.

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