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Narayanganj factory fire: DNA samples collected to identify four newly found bodies

  • Published at 04:59 pm September 15th, 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

The bodies were recovered on September 7, two months after the fire incident

The forensic unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has collected DNA samples from four newly recovered bodies from Hashem Foods Ltd factory fire in Narayanganj.

Prof Dr Maksud, head of the Forensic Department of DMCH, confirmed the matter on Wednesday.

On September 7, members of the CID and the Fire Service recovered the remains of four bodies from the factory, a concern of Sajeeb Group, and sent them to DMCH.

The skulls and skeletons were recovered from the fourth floor of the building when the investigators were searching the area at the request of the family members of three workers, who have remained missing since the incident.

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

On September 9, the investigators recovered remains of another body from the location and sent it to Narayanganj General Hospital.

So far, the forensic unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) identified the bodies of 45 out of 48 persons killed in the devastating fire that occurred on July 8.

With the addition of four new unidentified bodies, a total of seven bodies from the factory fire are still in the DMCH morgue.

Also Read - More remains found at scorched Hashem Foods factory

Firefighters recovered 49 charred bodies from the factory building a day after the fire broke out. Three deaths were reported in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

Three investigation committees, including one headed by the deputy commissioner, were formed.

Later, police arrested Sajeeb Group Chairman and Managing Director Md Abul Hashem, his sons and several officials of the company after a case was filed by the police on charges of murder and attempted murder. 

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