5 YEARS OF TAZREEN FIRE

Punishment of Delwar, other accused demanded

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 20,2017 | Updated: 01:08, Nov 20,2017

 
 

Labour rights activists form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday in protest against slow pace in the trial processes over the death of several hundred workers in a fire at Tazreen Fashions in Dhaka. — New Age photo

Labour rights activists on Sunday again demanded exemplary punishment for the Tazreen Fashions owner Delwar Hossain and other accused for their negligence that led to the fire which claimed the lives of over a hundred workers in 2012.
Activist Anthropologist, a civic group promoting labour rights, organised a press conference, following a sit-in in front of National Press Club, which marked the fifth anniversary of the deadly incident that killed 119 and injured many on November 24, 2012.
Activist Saydia Gulrukh alleged that during the trial, the government repeatedly failed to present the witnesses of the case filed following the fire.
She said that the trial process slowed down as the witnesses were repeatedly absent in court.
‘Since October 1, 2015 till November 8, 2017, only four witnesses were interrogated though the court set 19 dates during the period,’ she said while reading out a written statement.
The speakers blamed the government for not being careful about the sensitive case and rather being busy in saving the factory owner, Delwar Hossain, and other accused.
Dhaka University teacher Moshahida Sultana said that the ruling party did not want justice for the incident to ensure their position in power.
Garment Odhikar Sangram Parishad President Shobnam Hafiz alleged that Tazreen workers were killed by the greed of the owner.
She said Tazreen fire was a classic case of culpable homicide.
‘Ensure justice for the victims of Tazreen Fashions fire,’ she demanded.
Shobnam also asked the government to ensure safe working place for all workers of the country.
Activists Shahidul Islam Sabuj, Moniruzzaman Masum and Baki Billah also spoke among others.

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