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Housing minister says FR Tower fire not accident, but murder

  • Published at 01:41 pm March 29th, 2019
Public Works and Housing Minister SM Rezaul Karim, along with Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam, visits FR Tower at Banani, where a massive fire brought out on Thursday, March 28, 2918 Focus Bangla

He commented this after inspecting the building in Banani on Friday

Public Works and Housing Minister SM Rezaul Karim has labeled the deaths of the FR Tower fire victims as murders, not accidents. 

He commented this after inspecting FR Tower in Banani, the scene of a deadly fire that left 25 people dead, around 10am on Friday.

Speaking after his inspection, the minister said: “The deaths are not accidents, they are murders. Stern action will be taken against those responsible for the incident.

“A six-member committee from the ministry is investigating the matter, and the probe report will be published publically. Rajuk has also formed a separate committee.

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He added: “We have learned that the building received initial approval in 1996 for 18 floors. However, another copy was submitted in 2005, revealing that the building has 23 floors. The owner of that building violated the approved blueprint during construction.

“We are trying to track down the then-chairman and Rajuk officials concerned. Legal action will be taken against anyone found involved in irregularities. Other buildings throughout Dhaka will soon be scrutinized.”

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Responding to further query, SM Rezaul Karim said: “The licenses of the engineers who were involved in the construction of FR Tower will be revoked. Criminal cases will be filed against them and this building will be demolished if needed.”

‘Floors still vulnerable’

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam, who inspected the gutted tower around the same time, said: “Several committees have been formed to unearth the cause of the fire. Fire service activities in the building are still ongoing. 

“Many of the floors remain vulnerable. We will use nets around the building to catch falling debris during clean up operations.”