Critically burnt crime reporter Moazzem Hossain Nannu of Daily Jugantor died in a Dhaka hospital on Saturday six months after the death of his son in a similar incident of fire in their apartment.
His only son Swapneel Ahmed Piyash died in a fire incident on January 2 in the same room where Moazzem was burnt, the family.
The Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery’s resident medical officer Partha Shankar Pal said Moazzem died at its intensive care unit at 8:20am on Saturday.
Police launched an inquiry following the death and called the crime scene unit of the Criminal Investigation Department 36 hours after the fire incident in a room of his flat on the ninth-floor of a 10-storey building in Aftabnagar of Badda.
‘We visited the fire scene and came to know from neighbours that the incident took place following a hot-talk between the couple,’ said Badda police station officer-in-charge Parvez Islam.
He said the CID unit was called to collect evidence as they were looking for the sources of fire.
Nannu’s wife Shahana Hossain Pallabi told media that Moazzem returned from the office at about 2:00am on Friday and took his dinner after taking shower. Then he went to the room to offer Tahazzut prayers.
Pallabi said she was in another room when she heard a big bang and saw Nannu on fire was rushing to the washroom.
Pallabi claimed that they had smelt gas for last few days in the apartment, but technicians told them that gas might be coming from the commode.
The victim’s brother Iqbal Hossain Bablu, however, said that the fire broke out when Moazzem lit his lighter for smoking. ‘Amid the fire, he went to rooftop, brought water-pipe and put out the fire,’ he added.
The building caretaker Mansur Alam told media that he woke up at about 3:50am following three big bangs as people in the neighbourhood were shouting about the fire.
He said there was a trouble in gas line of the flat but it was solved when they came to the apartment on May 31 after major repairing.
Ashik Tutul, one of their nieghbours, and others rushed him to the hospital. He said the victim did not describe from where the fire originated.
The inspector general of police, Benazir Ahmed, expressed his condolence over the death while Crime Reporters Association, Bangladesh also condoled the death of their former secretary.
Jamuna group chairman Nurul Islam, Daily Jugantor publisher Salma Islam and editor Saiful Alam, also the national press club president, expressed their condolence at the death of the reporter.
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