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Police: FR Tower fire caused huge loss to life, property

  • Published at 07:47 pm March 31st, 2019
FR Tower at Banani in Dhaka catches fire on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The greedy owners, ignored safety rules and evaded provisions for the most needed services in a building construction, only to make money, said the DB official

The fire incident, at FR Tower in Banani, caused huge loss to life and property because of flouting the building code, faulty construction and lack of life saving equipments, said police.

“A huge loss and damages were counted in the Banani FR Tower fire incident due to fault in the building construction, lack of emergency exit, adequate smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers,” said Md Abdul Baten, additional police commissioner of Detectives Branch (DB), in a press briefing at DMP’s media centre on Sunday.

“Police have already arrested Tasveer Ul Islam, owner of the illegally constructed portion of FR (Faruk Rupayan) Tower, and land owner SMHI Faruk Hossain from Bashundhara and Baridhara areas in the capital on Saturday night,” Baten said.

Expressing deep sympathy for the loss of lives in the inferno, he said the fire broke out due to negligence of Faruk, Tasveer, and Liakat Ali Khan Mukul, leaving 26 dead and a huge loss to assets.

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The greedy owners, ignored safety rules and evaded provisions for the most needed services in a building construction, only to make money, said the DB official.

Among the accused, he said, Faruq is the owner of land and 45 percent of the infrastructure, while Tasveer is the owner of illegally-built portion of the building, and he is also the president of the building’s safety committee.

Baten said, Rupayan Group owner, Liakat, constructed the FR Tower violating the rules and regulations and sold the building for his personal gains.

“Drives are on to detain Liakat,” he added.

A total of 26 people were killed and 70 others injured in the deadly fire incident on Thursday.

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