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Writ seeks judicial inquiry into Bailey Road fire

  • Seeks High Court direction to find the culprits behind the 46 deaths
  • Another writ seeks direction to shut down restaurants in residential buildings 
Update : 03 Mar 2024, 02:34 PM

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking a judicial inquiry into the death of 46 people in a fire at Green Cozy Cottage in the capital’s Bailey Road. 

The writ also sought directions to find the culprits behind the incident.

At the same time, it sought a direction to submit the report of the investigation committee formed by the government in court. 

Supreme Court lawyer Israt Jahan Santana filed the writ on Sunday. 

A High Court bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Kazi Zinat Hoque will hear the petition, said the lawyer.

Meanwhile, another writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking its directives to shut down restaurants in all residential buildings, including those in the capital’s Bailey Road. 

The writ also sought the arrest of the culprits who were responsible for the fire at the Green Cozy Cottage building and compensation to the victims' families.

Advocate Md Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition with the High Court on Sunday.

At least four people have been arrested in connection with the fire in Bailey Road’s Green Cozy Cottage, that claimed the lives of 46 people. 

Over 20 others sustained severe injuries in the incident that took place on Thursday night. 

Firefighters rescued 70 people, including 42 in unconscious state, from the rooftop and different floors of the seven-storey Green Cozy Cottage.

Most of the people died as they jumped off the building or from burns or suffocation, said firefighters who brought the fire under control around 12:30am. 

Fire officials say the blaze spread fast due to the presence of gas cylinders on several floors in the restaurant kitchens. People could not leave the building due to smoke in the staircase.

Timeline: Bailey Road fire
03 Mar 2024, 14:34
Writ seeks judicial inquiry into Bailey Road fire
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