Negligence of government agencies in fire incidents: Lack of punishment and payment of liabilities

Negligence of government agencies in fire incidents: Lack of punishment and payment of liabilities

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According to investigators of three fire incidents in Moghbazar, Siddiq Bazaar and Science Laboratory areas, all these incidents were caused due to leakage of gas from pipelines. Negligence of the officials of Titus Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited was found in these incidents. But it could not be decided who was responsible.

Police sources said it could not be determined who among the Titus officers was responsible in these incidents but preparations were underway to submit a final report in these cases.

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the police is investigating the cases related to the blasts in Moghbazar and Siddique Baja.

CTTC Deputy Commissioner Rahmatullah Chowdhury, who is in charge of overseeing the investigation in the two cases, told Prothom Alo that the final reports in the two cases will be submitted to the court soon.

After 26 people died in the seven-storey Queen Sanitary Market collapse in Siddiq Bazaar on March 7 last year, it was revealed that the building had approval for five floors. The explosion at a chemical warehouse in Churihatta in Chowkbazar was due to lack of monitoring by concerned government bodies, including the Municipal Corporation, Rajuk, Fire Service and Explosives Department.

Mohammed Asif, who lost his father in the Churihatta fire, told Prothom Alo yesterday that although almost five years have passed since the incident, only his testimony as a plaintiff in the case was heard in court. He expressed apprehension about the future of the case.

The negligence of various organizations came to light after the tragic fire that broke out in a chemical warehouse in Nimtoli in 2010, in which 126 people lost their lives. Since then it is being heard that the chemical warehouses will be shifted from Old Dhaka. But till now it has not been possible to shift the chemical warehouses.

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