TAZREEN FIRE: Charge framing deferred

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Wednesday deferred to August 13 the hearing in the framing of charges against Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain and 12 others for the fire at the apparel factory at Ashulia that killed at least 112 workers on November 24, 2012.
Dhaka district and sessions judge SM Quddus Zaman passed the order after defence counsels sought time for the hearing saying they lacked preparation and their senior counsel was busy in two other sensitive cases.
Public prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan also told the court that he needed time to scrutinise large volume of documents of the case.
Rights activists decried delay in the trial as they gathered on the court premises demanding a quick disposal of the case.
Earlier on June 16, the court posted for Wednesday the hearing taking cognisance of the charge sheet.
Police filed a case with Ashulia police station on November 25, 2012 accusing 15 staff of negligence leading to murders.
Another case was filed against Delwar and 30 others on May 29, 2013 with Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court by Abdul Matin, brother of missing victim Rehana.
Later, the two cases merged into one.
On December 22, 2013, Criminal Investigation Department inspector AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan pressed charge of culpable homicide by negligence against 13 accused.
According to the charge sheet, Delwar and his wife constructed the building on a faulty plan with the help of an engineer, and illegally used the ground-floor walkway as a warehouse.
Four accused – engineer Mahbubul Morshed, production manager Mobarak Hossain Manju, factory manager Abdur Razzak and quality manager Shahiduzzaman – are still in hiding.
The other accused – Delwar, his wife Mahmuda Akhter, also Tazreen chairman, its manager (admin) Dulal Uddin, store-in-charges Hamidul Islam and Al Amin, security in-charges Al Amin and Anisur Rahman, guard Rana and loader Shamim Miah appeared before the court on Wednesday.

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