Mobile court seizes 45 tons chemicals, fines Tk 50 lakh in Old Dhaka

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:50, Mar 14,2019 | Updated: 00:04, Mar 15,2019


A mobile court on Thursday evening fined a chemical business house Tk 50 lakh at Armanitola area in Old Dhaka for storing and selling expired chemicals used for making food and cosmetics items and seized 45 tons of such chemicals.

The mobile court, led by Rapid Action Battalion’s executive magistrate Sarwoer Alam along with members of police, RAB and concerned government officials conducted the raid at Mala Chemicals, housed in a three-storied building at Armanitota.

Sarwoer told New Age that they found 45 tons of expired chemicals from one warehouse of the building. 

‘The chemicals were meant for preparing food items, including jams and jelly, cosmetic items including shampoo and lipstick. There were chemical items for using in medical science and in industries,’ the executive magistrate said.

He said that the dates of most of the chemicals expired in 2005 while the rest in 2014 and in 2015.

Sarwoer said that they have handed the chemicals to the Dhaka South City Corporation for dumping them at its Matuail dumping station under Demra in the capital.

Besides, he said, the building housing Mala Chemicals was risky and there were more warehouses of chemicals in all the floors.

‘We also directed Rajdhani Unnayan Katripokhkho to take necessary steps as it was a risky building,’ he said.

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