TAZREEN FIRE : Charge hearing deferred to Sept 3

Staff Correspondent

The District and Sessions Court Judge’s Court on Thursday deferred to September 3 the hearing in framing of charges against Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain and 12 others in two cases for a fire at the apparel factory at Ashulia.
The judge of the court, SM Quddus Zaman deferred the hearing for the second time following a prosecution plea that they were not prepared for the hearing on petitions filed on the day by the defence counsel for discharging the accused from the cases.
On June 16, the court took cognisance of the charge sheet submitted against the 13 – Delwar, his wife Mahmuda Aktar, also the Tazreen chairman, and Tazreen Fashions officials and staff Dulal Uddin, Hamidul Islam, Al Amin-1, Anisur Rahman, Rana, Al Amin-2, Shamim Miah, Mahbubul Morshed, Mobarak Hossain Manju, Abdur Razzak and Shahiduzzaman.
The last four accused are still in hiding while the others are on bail.
At least 112 workers, mostly women, were killed and scores wounded in the country’s worst industrial fire at Tazreen Fashions on November 24, 2012.
On December 22, 2013, Criminal Investigation Department inspector AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan, also investigation officer of the cases, pressed charges of culpable homicide by negligence against the 13.
According to the charge sheet, Delwar and his wife constructed the building on a faulty plan with the help of the engineer, and illegally used the ground-floor walkway as a warehouse.
There was no fire exit in the building, although it was mandatory in accordance with the Bangladesh Labour Act, the charge sheet said.
The police filed one of the cases with Ashulia police station accusing 15 staff of killing the workers by negligence.
The second case was filed against Delwar and 30 others on May 29, 2013 with the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court by Abdul Matin, brother of missing worker Rehana.

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