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Bodies of 21 more Narayanganj factory fire victims handed over to families

  • Published at 03:36 pm August 7th, 2021
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A man breaks down in tears at DMCH premises on Saturday, August 7, 2021 while waiting to receive the body of a family member who was killed in the July 8 fire at a factory in Narayanganj last month Dhaka Tribune

Each family receives Tk25,000 from the district administration for funerals

Authorities on Saturday handed over to their families the remains of 21 workers, who were among the 52 killed in the Hashem Foods Ltd factory fire in Rupganj, Narayanganj on July 8.

The charred bodies were handed over between 12pm and 1pm at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) premises.

Over the past few weeks, the forensic unit of the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had identified 45 out of 48 deceased workers through DNA testing.

Of them, 24 bodies were handed over to their families last Wednesday. Four more bodies were also handed over to their relatives after the tragic incident last month.

CID is yet to confirm the identities of three more bodies.

Officials said it was taking longer to identify these victims because their bodies had been completely burnt in the fire.

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Those whose bodies were handed over on Saturday are – Mahmuda Akhtar, Shanta Moni, Mahbubur Rahman, Jihad Rana, Rahima Akhtar, Mina Khatun, Md Noman, Amena Akhtar, Rahima, Rabia Akhtar, Md Akash Mia, Md Nazmul Hossain, Kalpana Rani Barman, Swapan Mia, Shefali Rani Sarkar, Amrita Begum, Md Shamim, Selina Akhtar, Taslima Akhtar, Fakima Akhtar, and Md Hasnain.

Each family also received Tk25,000 as financial aid from the Narayanganj district administration for funerals.

Meanwhile, one Salauddin was still seen searching for his younger brother Mahiuddin, 26, who was inside the Hashem Foods factory when the massive fire broke out.

A family member breaks down in tears at DMCH premises on Saturday, August 7, 2021 after receiving the remains of a relative who died in the July 8 fire at a factory in Narayanganj last month | Dhaka TribuneHe came to DMCH on Saturday with the hope to learn something about his brother’s whereabouts. But his prayers remained unanswered as authorities are yet to identify Mahiuddin from the remaining three bodies.

“I gave my blood sample to the CID for DNA profiling. But they are yet to tell me anything. I don't know when I will get any information about my brother. I want my brother back dead or alive,” said a grief-stricken Salahuddin.

On July 8, 52 workers were killed and dozens injured when a massive fire engulfed the Hashem Foods factory, owned by Sajeeb Group.

Most of the workers who died were trapped on the factory’s third floor as its only exit was locked.

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Eight people, including the owner of Sajeeb Group and his sons, were arrested and remanded in a case filed over the incident.

On Saturday, Sajeeb Group’s Senior General Manager Kazi Abdur Rahman said that they would prioritize eligible members of families of the deceased during recruitment if they apply.

The company has already given Tk2 lakh to the families of each deceased as financial aid.