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N’ganj building collapse: Missing boy found dead after 47 hours

  • Published at 02:34 pm November 5th, 2019
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Iftekhar Ahmed Wazid Dhaka Tribune

Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defense Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah al Arefin confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday

After almost 47 hours since the collapse of a four-storey building in Baburail of the Munshibari area of Narayanganj, rescuers have recovered the body of Iftekhar Ahmed Wazid, 12, who was missing since the accident.

Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah al Arefin confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

"Members of the fire service found Wazid's body around 2pm on Tuesday [yesterday]. One and a half hours later, rescuers were able to recover the body from the ground floor of the collapsed building, which was submerged almost seven feet deep in the canal," Arefin said.

Furthermore, the deputy assistant director informed that the rescue mission was called off, following the retrieval of Wazid's body.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nahida Barik and Fatullah Model police station OC Aslam Hossain visited the site and expressed grief over the incident, while handing over the previously declared Tk20,000 to the families of the deceased.

Earlier on Monday night, the other deceased, Soyahor Hossain's, maternal uncle Ripon Hossain filed a case against five, including the owner of the building, HM Mansion, at Fatullah Model police station.

OC Aslam said: "Wazid's body has been handed over to his family."

He added: "Soyahor's uncle has filed a case against five accused for not complying with building codes while constructing the flawed building. We are trying to arrest the accused."

The probe committee, formed to investigate the collapse, has started to work on the matter. 

The committee head and Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Rehana Akter said: "The investigation is underway. We are trying to ascertain whether the building was built on the basis of approved plans, with permission from Rajuk and other relevant bodies. We will submit our findings to the DC within the allocated time."

Local sources suggest that the building belonged to one Joybunnessa's four children - Azhar Hossain, Shiuli Begum, Babu and Sumon. Among the four owners, two - Azhar Hossain and Babu - reside in Malaysia. Three families, of the owners, lived on three floors - while the ground floor housed tenants.

Taslima, who lives next to the collapsed HM Mansion, said: "The building was already in a risky state as the fourth floor was constructed without laying the significant foundation. This may well be why the building collapsed."

Earlier on Sunday, a sixth grader Soyahor Hossain was killed and seven others were left injured, when a four-storey building toppled in Baburail, Narayanganj.

The building, HM Mansion, situated beside the Baburail canal in the Munshibari area, caved in around 4:15pm on Sunday.

The deceased -Soyahor Hossain, 12, son of late Shahabuddin and his cousin Iftekhar Ahmed Wazid, 12, son of Abdul Rubel and Kakoli Begum – were sixth grade students of Sunrise Model School in the locality.

Both Soyahor and Wazid were in the building for their Arabic lessons at their aunt, Ramna Begum's house.