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Five months after son's death, journalist Moazzem dies in similar fire

  • Published at 09:19 am June 13th, 2020
Moazzem Hossain Nannu
File photo of Moazzem Hossain Nannu Collected

Back in January, his son had died in another fire in the same room

Journalist of Daily Jugantor Moazzem Hossain Nannu has succumbed to his burn injuries at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka.

On Friday, Nannu, a crime reporter for the daily, sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out at his house located at Aftabnagar in the capital.

He was admitted to the institute with 60% burns, resident physician Partha Sankar Pal said, adding that Nannu was in critical condition.

"He died at 8:20am on Saturday while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the institute," Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) police outpost in-charge, Inspector Md Bachchu Miah, confirmed.

The inspector also said the reason behind the fire could not be ascertained yet, but he surmised that the fire might have originated from gas leakage.

On January 2, just six months ago, the journalist's son Shapnil Ahmed Piash, 24, died in a fire reportedly caused by a short circuit in their house.

Nannu's wife Pallabi told Dhaka Tribune that Nannu returned home from the newspaper office around 1:30am on Friday.

She said their son's room mostly remained closed since he passed away, but she and her husband would go to the room from time to time to relive his memories.

"Coming home from work, Nannu opened their son's room at 3:30am. As soon as he pressed the switch to turn on the light, a loud explosion took place." 

Immediately, burnt Nannu went to the bathroom and took a bath. He had tried to douse the fire himself, but their neighbours came and rescued him before rushing him to the hospital, Pallabi said.

She also said sometimes the smell of gas could be found in the flat.

Gas mechanics were brought in several days ago and they checked the line four times. They said the gas could have formed in the bathroom commode.

Badda police’s OC Parvez Islam said: “The deceased’s family has lodged a complaint and we have filed it as an unnatural death case. We are investigating the matter.”

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed has expressed deep grief and sorrow for journalist Nannu's untimely death.

The senior journalist was the former general secretary of the Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) and the executive member of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU). Both organizations extend their deepest condolences to the bereaved families.

Nannu had previously worked at the daily Ajker Kagoj, then Jugantar for a long time, then at Global television before lastly joining Jugantor again.

Deceased Nannu’s family said that his dead body has been buried at his village home in Jessore. 

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