Tazreen Fire Tragedy – Charge Sheet Filed – Owner Still Absconding

Crimes Investigation Department of police submitted charge sheet against thirteen people including Tazreen Fashion’s owner Delwar Hossain and his wife following the devastating fire in the factory. The Charge Sheet is filed after thirteen months of the Tazreen Fire Tragedy.

Tazreen factory fire

Tazreen factory fire

CID police inspector AKS Mohosin-uz Zaman Khan submitted the charge sheet with Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Sunday morning.

Delwar Hossain, the managing director of Tazreen, his wife Mahmuda Akhter, the director, and factory Manager Abdur Razzaq were among the thirteen found guilty in primary reports.

The charge-sheet said the accused thirteen did not allow workers to get out of the factory dismissing the fire alarm as drill procedures. The state prosecution has called for 111 witnesses for the case. The pre-fixed hearing date for this case has been set to December 31.

On November 24, 2012, 125 people are recorded to have lost their lives due to a devastating factory fire in Tazreen Fashion of the Tuba Group. Ashulia police Sub Inspector had filed a culpable homicide case on the next day. It was after a year that the charge-sheet of this case was filed at the court.

Among the 13 accused, the six top brass, including the owner, is absconding. The six absconding are: Chairman Mahmuda, MD Delwar Hossain, Manager Razzaq, Quality Manager Shahiduzzaman Dulal, Engineer M Mahabubul Morshed and Production Manager Mobarak Hossain Manju.

The remaining seven who were arrested are: Admin Officer Dulal, Security in-Charge Anisur Rahman, Security Supervisor Al-Amin, Store in-Charge Hamidul Islam Lavlu and Al-Amin, Loader Shamim Mia and security guard Rana, alias Anwarul.

Although all of the seven were arrested, but now only Anisur Rahman is in jail. The rest are out on bail.

Charge-sheet said evidence could not be traced to tie ex-Chairman (Tazreen) Abdul Kuddus, APM Sohel Rana and Cutting Master Sujan Hawladar to the case.

The fire at Tazreen and later the Rana Plaza Building Collapse raised a wave of concern throughout the national and international community over factory building standards in Bangladesh.

This news is making headlines across Bangladesh, but the nation awaits to witness punishment of the ignorant owner and management of Tazreen Fashion.

News Links:

[1] http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2013/12/22/10053

[2] http://www.risingbd.com/english/detailsnews.php?nssl=5f7f02b7e4ade23430f345f954c938c1&nttl=10906#.UrbK9bSn6dw

[3] http://news.priyo.com/2013/12/22/tazreen-fire-charges-filed-against-owners-95661.html

[4] http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/dec/22/tazreen-fire-charge-sheet-against-owners

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