After three construction workers were killed and six others injured at a construction site in Panchagarh, no charges have been pressed. Rather, the victims’ families are reported to have been offered hush money.
Local influential figures led by the Panchagarh Zila Parishad chairman are reportedly lobbying to the victim’s families not to file criminal cases against the petrol pump authorities.
The bodies were handed over to the families on Thursday after autopsy.
Panchagarh police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Robiul Hasan Sarkar said: “We have filed an unnatural death case. We will take legal steps after receiving the autopsy reports.”
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The five-member probe committee led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Alim Khan has not reported any progress yet.
Abdul Baten, father of the deceased Saju, said the local chairman offered him Tk2.5 lakh asking him not to file any cases against the petrol pump authorities.
Hanif, uncle of the deceased worker Liton, made the same accusations.
Panchagarh Zila Parishad Chairman Amanullah Bacchu admitted to offering money, but only for charity purposes. He denied it was to prevent them from pressing charges.
The incident took place at a petrol pump construction site in Kholapara-Khanpukur in Panchagarh along the Dhaka-Panchagarh Highway on Wednesday.