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Owner of collapsed Rampura house held

Update : 04 May 2015, 08:38 AM

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel have arrested the owner of a collapsed house in Rampura, over the deaths of 12 people in the tragic incident.

Moniruzzaman Chowdhury was arrested from a house in the Tiprabazar area of Comilla around 5am Monday.

RAB 3 Commanding Officer Lt Col Golam Sarwar briefed reporters at Tikatuli headquarters in the afternoon.

"Moniruzzaman built the house on illegally occupied land," said the RAB official.

However, Moniruzzaman claimed he did not occupy the land illegally. He said he has legal documents of the land, which were submitted to the Rampura police station.

When asked why he submitted the documents, Moniruzzaman said: "The investigation officer in the collapsed house case asked my family members to submit the papers."

The RAB officer said Moniruzzaman is accused in three murder cases, two arms cases and several other cases filed over extortion and fighting. 

At least 12 people, including four of a family, died when the two-storied house made of corrugated iron sheets collapsed into a water body in the capital’s Rampura on April 15.

Nearly 100 low-income people used to live in the poorly-built house that was erected using only bamboo poles over the muddy bed of the water-hyacinth-filled jheel, or water body, at Hajipara. 

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