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DMP commissioner: Cases to be lodged against those behind FR Tower fire

  • Published at 04:26 pm March 29th, 2019
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File photo of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia

Thursday's fire in Banani killed 25 and injured at least 59 more individuals

Cases will be filed against those responsible for the FR Tower fire, commensurate to the nature of their crimes, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has said.

"Those responsible for the fire will be given appropriate punishment," he told reporters after inspecting FR Tower in Banani, Dhaka, on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday's fire at FR Tower, doused six hours after it spread—by the combined efforts of 21 Dhaka Fire Service firefighting units and the Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force—claimed 25 lives and injured many more. 

The DMP commissioner said police have identified the owner of the building. "We have created several probe committees. After the committees submit their reports, we will take appropriate legal action."

The police have had to rely upon information provided by the Fire Service, as no one aside from firefighters has been allowed to enter the building, he said. "The Fire Service has told us 25 bodies have been recovered until now."

The commissioner furthered that police have made a list of every floor of the building. "One police member has been assigned to each floor. The owners of the organizations operating inside the building will be taken inside with the help of the assigned police member."

The owners of one floor will not be allowed to go to another floor as objects might be dislocated, Asaduzzaman said. "Police are monitoring all of these."

When reporters asked if the building owners will walk free—just like the building owner of Wahed Mansion in Puran Dhaka, Chawkbazar, the site where another devastating fire broke out recently—Asaduzzaman said: "He was absconding. Later, he secured bail. I do not want to comment on the court's decision to grant him bail."

During the rescue operation at the 23-storey FR Tower, 25 people died, and at least 59 people are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals. Out of the 25 bodies, 24 have been identified and handed over to their respective families.