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Rana Plaza collapse survivor goes on hunger strike

  • Published at 11:53 pm April 23rd, 2019
Rana Plaza collapse survivor Mahmudul Hasan Hridoy
Rana Plaza collapse survivor Mahmudul Hasan Hridoy starts hunger strike to press home his 11-point demand in Savar Dhaka Tribune

Several other Rana Plaza survivors have pledged their allegiance to Mahmudul Hasan Hridoy

RMG worker Mahmudul Hasan Hridoy, who suffered injuries in the horrific Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka six years ago, has launched a hunger strike to press home his demands for proper compensation and rehabilitation for the survivors and families of the victims. 

Hridoy took position in front of the plot, where the nine-storey building stood prior to its collapse on April 24, 2013, on Tuesday afternoon, saying he would continue his strike until his demands were all met. 

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Hridoy said: “It has been six years since the collapse, yet no steps have been taken to compensate all the victims’ families and survivors. The perpetrators are reaping the benefit of lengthy trial. The victim families are living in extreme difficulties.

“This tragedy has hugely affected many of our lives, with no support from the authorities concerned – especially to support our children. That is why I am sitting here on a hunger strike until my 11-point demand is met.”

Several other survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse pledged their allegiance to Hridoy, stating that they also wanted these demands to be met as soon as possible.

Hridoy’s demands are: Tk48 lakh of compensation for each affected person in the incident; rehabilitation of the injured survivors – including the wounded ones, coverage for lifetime medical expenses, provide jobs to all the survivors, announce April 24 as a national day of mourning in honour of the victims, support to cover the education costs for children of the affected families, capital punishment for those responsible for the incident, confiscation of the assets of all the perpetrators, treatment for the rescue workers, construction of a mausoleum in memory of the victims, and access to free treatment for the affected families.