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Collapsed Rangamati building built without municipality approval

  • Published at 12:55 am October 6th, 2016
Collapsed Rangamati building built without municipality approval
Owner of the building that collapsed in Kaptai area, Rangamati did not take any approval from Rangamati municipality before the construction of the two-storey structure. One more body was recovered from under the debris of a building which collapsed in Rangamati’s Kaptai area, taking the death toll to five. Firefighters recovered the body of Sajidul Islam, 7, yesterday morning, Navy Commander Rayhan told the Dhaka Tribune. The rescue operation has been called off after the recovery of the body, he added. Sajidul went missing after the two-storey building collapsed on the Kaptai Lake on Tuesday evening. Bodies of four people were recovered till the night. Five people were rescued in the rescue mission jointly conducted by firefighters, army, navy and police. The building collapsed around 5:30pm near Mohila College Gate area of the town. The causes behind the collapse are yet to be known. Akbar Hossain Chowdhury, mayor of Rangamati municipality, told the Dhaka Tribune that the building had no approval from municipality. The district administration would take action against the owner of the building. He said they would take actions according to the suggestion of the probe committee formed over the incident. It is mentionable that soon after the collapse of the building, a five-member committee led by additional district magistrate Moazzem Hossain had been formed to investigate the matter. Other members of the committee are Engineer of Public Works Department Sukomol Chakma and Executive Engineer of Rangamati Atikullah. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 20 working days. Moreover, the bodies of the deceased were handed over to families yesterday afternoon after post-mortem examinations at Rangamati Sadar Hospital. Deputy Commissioner Manzarul Mannan handed over Tk1 lakh to each deceased’s families. People of the locality have become angry with owner of the building Tayeb as his another building has collapsed recently that left one person killed.  Then, a case was also filed against him. Locals demanded exemplary punishment for the owner. Tarekul Islam Tuhin, a resident of Kaptai area, said: “We are passing days in anxiety after the collapse of the building. We are compelled to stay here amid risk, as the house rent of the area is comparatively cheaper than district headquarters.” After the collapse of the building, a case was filed against three people under Building Code act. Accused of the case are Rezaul Karim, Tayeb, the owner, and Naimuddin Titu. Police yesterday afternoon said they could not arrest anyone in connection with the collapse.