At least four people involved in distribution of zakat and iftar items by Kabir Steel and Re-Rolling Mills were arrested after a case was filed on Tuesday in connection with Monday’s stampede that killed 10 women at Satkania of Chittagong.
Mohammad Islam, husband of victim Hasina Akhter of Khagria union, on Tuesday filed the case with Satkania Police Station accusing KSRM managing director Mohammad Shahjahan and several others unidentified persons, said AKM Emran Bhuiyan, additional superintendent (south) of Chittagong district police.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, enforced embargo on distribution of zakat and iftar items in the city without police permission.
CMP’s acting commissioner Mashudul Hasan enforced the embargo on Tuesday afternoon while addressing a press conference at Police Lines.
After filing the case for ‘causing death by negligence’, police arrested four people involved in the distribution of zakat and iftar items on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
The arrested are Muridul Alam, 27, son of Siddique Ahmad, Md Edris, 26, son of Jakir Hossain, Habib Ahmed Sahed, 32, son of Solaiman and Ajgor Ali, 28, son of Md Edris. They are from different areas of the upazila, said Rafiqul Hossain, officer-in-charge of Satkhania Police Station.
The four were arrested from nearby places of KSRM managing director’s residence at Nalua, the OC said.
At least 10 women, mostly elderly, died and nearly 50 others were injured in stampede while collecting zakat and iftar items, distributed by the management of KSRM at its owner’s native village.
But on Monday night at a press conference at Agrabad area KSRM authorities claimed that nine people were killed in the incident.
The incident took place as thousands of people gathered at a madrassah ground at Gatiadanga for taking essentials ahead of Ramadan.
A five-member inquiry committee, headed by additional district magistrate Moshudul Kabir, was formed to probe the incident.
Police commissioner Mashudul Hasan said that the city people and organisations must take permission before distributing any kind of zakat and iftar items in the city.
Police would take actions against them if anyone violated the embargo, he said.
He said police would take security measures and necessary steps after getting application from persons who would want to distribute zakat and iftar items.
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