CTG STAMPEDE

All arrested get bail, prime accused yet to be held

Our Correspondent . Chittagong | Published: 00:05, May 17,2018 | Updated: 23:40, May 16,2018

 
 

A Chittagong court on Wednesday granted bail to all the four arrested in connection with the Monday stampede that killed 10 women while collecting zakat and iftar items at Satkania in the port city.
The court of senior judicial magistrate Mahmudul Hasan granted the bail to Muridul Alam, 27, son of Siddique Ahmed, Md Idris, 26, son of Zakir Hossain, Habib Ahmed Sahed, 32, son of Solaiman, and Ajgar Ali, 28, son of Md Idris, after Satkania police had produced them before the court, said HM Moshiur Rahman, court inspector of Chittagong district police.
The four, all hailed from different areas of Satkania, were involved in the distribution of zakat and iftar materials.
Moshiur said that the court had granted them bail until filing of the charge-sheet by the police.
At least 10 women, mostly aged, died and nearly 50 others received injuries in the stampede while collecting zakat and iftar items distributed by the management of Kabir Steel and Re-rolling Mills at its owner’s native Noula village under Satkania.
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 other unidentified persons.
On the same day, the police arrested the four from nearby places of KSRM managing director’s residence at Nolua.
The police, however, failed to arrest the prime accused — KSRM managing director Mohammad Shahjahan — even after three days of the incident.
The incident occurred as thousands of people gathered at a madrassah ground in Nolua Union’s Gatiadanga area for taking essentials ahead of Ramadan.
AKM Emran Bhuiyan, additional superintendent (south) of Chittagong district police, said that they were conducting drives to arrest the prime accused.

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