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Gazipur factory fire: Luxury Fan Factory was operating illegally

  • Published at 04:48 pm December 16th, 2019
Gazipur Fire
Firefighters douzed the fire after a two-hour-long effort in Gazipur on Sunday, December 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Ruza Hi-tech Company operated two other unauthorizedfactories in the same village

Luxury Fan Factory,which caught fire on Sunday and killed ten workers, has been operating illegally without any approval from government. 

Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) Joint Inspector General Farid Ahmedsaid: "Luxury Fan Factory owned by Ruza Hi-tech was operating in Kashorita village under Baria union of GazipurSadar upazilawithout any approval."

“If anyone wants to establish a factory, they first need to take approval from DIFE, or else noother authorities will issue them trade licence or any other approval,” he added.

A signboard of Ruza Hi-tech Company, hanging in front of the factory's gate, showed a QR Code of approval. However, when scanned it was found to be invalid. 

Ruza Hi-tech Company has been operating two other unauthorizedfactories in the same village.

Farid Ahmed said: “We will close down the two other factories, as those are illegal too."

"We will soon file a case against the owner of the company at the labour Court."

He also said: "In accordance to Labour Law, each family of the deceased workers is eligible to get a compensation of maximum Tk2.5 lakh from the factory owners."

"Moreover, they can also claim a compensation of maximum Tk2 lakh for each deceased from Labour Welfare Board of Labour Ministry."

The fire broke out on the top floor of the three-storiedbuilding. A total of 70 to 80 workers were present in the factory when the incident occurred and 19 of them were on the top floor.

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