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FR Tower fire: Police to take over proceedings

  • Published at 12:36 pm March 29th, 2019
The condition of the FR Tower building in Banani in the aftermath of the fire that broke out on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka tribune

21 police teams will enter the high-rise once Fire Services complete the handover

The Fire Service has completed rescue operations at FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani, and police are set to take over proceedings, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwary has said.

The IGP stated this at the tower on Friday afternoon, a day after it was engulfed in a deadly blaze that claimed 25 lives.

After the Fire Service completes the handover to police, a police team will enter the building—with the owners of the establishments that were housed within it—in order to inspect the damage, the police chief said.

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When asked when the building may resume operations, the IGP said: “A team from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology [Buet] has conducted an initial inspection of the building, and they will soon conduct a more thorough investigation. Based on the team's assessment of whether the building is safe or not, we will decide.” 

Regarding the filing of a case over the fire incident, he said: “Usually, victims of the fire or their relatives file a case, but no one has come forward as yet. If the state requests it, then police will file a case on their behalf.”

Earlier, DMP Gulshan branch Deputy Commissioner Mostak Ahmed said 21 police teams will enter the FR Tower once the Fire Services complete the handover.

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Each team will include one Sub-Inspector (SI), one Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), and nine police officers.

“We will identify the ones who can be held responsible for the fire, and take legal action against them," Mostak said.

Until now, 25 people have been reported dead, and 70 more injured, in the devastating fire that broke out at FR Tower around 12:52pm on Thursday. 

It took 21 fire-fighting units of the Dhaka Fire Service and Civil Defence to douse the fire; and the fire was brought under control around 4:45pm.

The  authorities concerned have handed over 24 of 25 bodies to their respective families.