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BNP calls Narayanganj fire probe ‘eyewash’

  • Published at 07:29 pm July 12th, 2021
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Firefighters trying to douse the blaze at Sezan juice factory in Narayanganj, Dhaka on July 8, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune

The party urges the government to effectively ensure safe working environment for workers in every factory

BNP on Monday alleged that the government was carrying out an investigation into the deadly fire incident at Hashem Foods Ltd in Narayanganj as a mere eyewash to save its owner who belongs to the ruling party.

“We would like to tell the government to take practical steps shunning the eyewash in the name of an investigation,” said BNP Organizing Secretary Syed Emran Saleh Prince.

Speaking at a human-chain program in Dhaka, he also said the government arrested Hashem Foods owner Abul Hashem in the face of public demand.

The BNP leader warned the government of facing public wrath if Hashem, a ruling party leader, was released from jail or goes unpunished.

Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal arranged the program in front of the National Press Club demanding punishment of Hashem and others responsible for the fire that killed 52 people at a factory in Rupganj, Narayanganj last week

Prince said all those responsible for the factory fire, including the owner, must be brought to book.

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“The families of those who died and suffered injuries must be compensated with a justified amount of money. Proper treatment for the injured workers will also have to be ensured,” he added.

He also urged the government to take effective steps to ensure a safe working environment for workers in every factory.

Fire incidents were taking place at different factories one after another under the current regime for lack of preventive measures and exemplary punishment of those responsible, said the BNP leader.

He also said the factory at Hashem Foods, a sister concern of Sajeeb Group, had proved once again that there was no working environment and security of workers in Bangladesh factories.

“Fifty-two workers died at that Narayangaj factory, but the state and government remained silent. The government should have declared a mourning day in memory of the 52 workers and offered condolences to the victims’ families and adequate compensations to them. But they didn’t do that as they aren’t a worker-friendly government,” Prince added.

He also alleged that the government was not coming forward in aid of the workers and day-labourers who are going through serious ordeals amid the countrywide lockdown.  

The BNP leader then called upon the government to immediately provide adequate food and cash support to the day-labourers and low-income people to ease their sufferings.