• Monday, Jan 27, 2020
  • Last Update : 05:02 pm

Chawkbazar fire: Sons of Wahed Mansion owner placed on remand

  • Published at 03:23 pm April 8th, 2019
web-chawkbazar fire
Haji Wahed Mansion at Nanda Kumar Lane in Chawkbazar’s Churihatta area of Old Dhaka on Thursday, February 21, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The devastating fire that spread from the Wahed Mansion killed more than 70 and injured scores more

A Dhaka court has placed the two sons of the owner of Haji Wahed Mansion on a seven-day remand, each, over a case filed regarding the Chawkbazar fire.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury passed the order. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Chawkbazar police station and investigation officer of the case produced Md Hasan, and Md Sohel alias Shahid, before the court, seeking a ten-day remand, on Monday.

After hearing their bail petitions, the court rejected the petitions and placed the brothers on a seven-day remand. 

On April 2, another Metropolitan Magistrate, Qaisarul Islam, sent the siblings to jail rejecting their bail petitions, after they surrendered before the court at the end of their three-week bail tenure.   

The High Court, on March 11, granted the siblings bail for three weeks, asking them to cooperate with the investigation officer of the case, filed over the deadly blaze.

The court asked them to surrender before a lower court, once their bail period was over.

On February 20, a deadly fire ravaged several multi-storey buildings housing shops and chemical and plastic warehouses on Nanda Kumar Lane at Chawkbazar’s Churihatta intersection.

Apart from killing 70 people, the fire left scores of others severely injured.

Last week, Wahed Mansion owner Md Hasan had also reportedly threatened Md Azam, the owner of Rajmahal Hotel, from where CCTV footage of the fire was collected.

The CCTV camera footage from Azam’s restaurant, which went viral on the internet, showed the massive fire had originated on the first floor of Wahed Mansion.