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More remains found at scorched Hashem Foods factory

  • Published at 02:19 pm September 9th, 2021
Narayanganj fire
Firefighters trying to douse the blaze at Sezan juice factory in Narayanganj, Dhaka on July 8, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune

The remains of at least two people were recovered on Tuesday

Investigators recovered the remains of at least one individual from the factory of Hashem Foods Ltd in Narayanganj on Thursday, only two days after discovering charred skulls and bones from under the rubble.

A skull and some bones were recovered, said ASP Harun-Ur-Rashid of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The remains, kept at Narayanganj General Hospital following the recovery, would soon be sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for DNA profiling, he added.

Meanwhile, asked about the progress in the case filed over the fire, CID Special SP Delwar Hossain said the police, who had found evidence of child labour and negligence in running operations at the factory, were interrogating the factory authorities.

“Further investigation is needed, and it is a time-consuming process,” he added.

Also read - Remains found 2 months after Hashem Foods factory fire

Earlier on Tuesday, members of the CID and the Fire Service recovered two skulls and bones of at least two people. Those were later sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for DNA testing.

At around 4:30pm on July 8, at least 52 workers were killed in the fire that broke out at the 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.

On July 10, Nazim Uddin, OC of Bhulta outpost in Rupganj, filed a murder case naming seven persons and accusing several other unnamed people. 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 of the police for further investigation.

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