The boat was overloaded, with people returning from a local Dusshera fair, to their villages across the river.
Search and rescue operations have been on since Monday night. And now, the episode has acquired a political tone.
"The Chief Minister should have visited the area. The families of those dead should be given Rs 10 lakh each," said Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD chief.
But no amount of money, may be enough for these people for whom festivities turned into immense grief.