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Remains found 2 months after Hashem Foods factory fire

  • Published at 02:21 pm September 7th, 2021
Narayanganj fire
A fireman trying to douse the blaze at Shezan juice factory in Narayanganj, Dhaka on July 8, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune

A factory of Hashem Foods Ltd caught fire on July 8, killing more than 50 people

Investigators have recovered the remains of at least two people from the factory of Hashem Foods Ltd in Rupganj, Narayanganj, two months after a devastating fire killed at least 52 workers. 

Narayanganj District Superintendent of Police Mohammad Jayedul Alam confirmed the information.

On Tuesday afternoon, a team of the Fire Service and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) searched the building and investigated the ruins of the factory fire to find if there were any more dead bodies there.

They recovered two skulls along with a few other bones.

SP Jayedul Alam said: "Human remains, including two skulls, have been recovered. It is not yet certain how many human skeletons there are. However, seeing that two skulls have been found, it is certain that there are at least two people here. No further details can be disclosed right now. 

Also Read - Anomalies exposed only after factory fire claimed 52 lives

“The recovered parts have been sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for DNA testing. The CID is investigating the matter.”

CID Superintendent of Police Delwar Hossain said the skeletons were recovered from the fourth floor of the building when the fire brigade went to search the area at the request of the family members of three workers, who have been missing since the fire. 

At around 4:30pm on July 8, at least 52 workers were killed in a fire that broke out in a six-storey building of Hashem Foods and Beverages Limited, a subsidiary of Sajib Group in Karnagop area of Rupganj in Narayanganj.

Of the victims, at least 48 workers were burned to death. The CID identified 45 of them after DNA tests.

Also Read - Locked doors, partitions made the fire deadlier

Three investigation committees, including one headed by the deputy commissioner, were formed in the aftermath of the incident. 

On July 10, Nazim Uddin, officer in-charge of Bhulta outpost in Rupganj, filed a murder case naming seven people and accusing several unidentified others. Later that afternoon, police arrested six people, including factory chairman MA Hashem, from different areas of Rupganj. 

Later on July 17, the case was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police for further investigation.

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