N’ganj factory fire: Owner Hashem sent to jail

15 July 2021 bdnews24.com

Md Abul Hashem, chairman of Sajeeb Group, and six others, including his two sons, have been sent to jail after their bail pleas were rejected in a case over a deadly factory fire that claimed more than 50 lives in Narayanganj.
However, Hashem's two other sons secured bail in the homicide case started by the police.
Narayanganj's Senior Judicial Magistrate Fahmida Khatun passed the orders on Wednesday after the eight suspects were produced in court at the end of a 4-day remand, said Inspector Humayun Kabir of Rupganj police.
The detainees also include Hashem's two sons Hasib bin Hashem, and Tareq Ibrahim, the company's CEO Shahan Shah Azad, Deputy General Manager Mamunoor Rashid and Administrative Officer Md Salauddin.
After a four-day remand, the eight accused were produced in court on Wednesday and remanded in custody, said Humayun Kabir, inspector of Rupganj police station.
Lawyer Mahbubur Rahman Liton presented the bail petition in court while court inspector Asaduzzaman and Mahbubur Rahman Ismail represented the state.
After the hearing, the judge granted bail to Hashem's youngest sons Tawsif Ibrahim, 33, and Tanzim Ibrahim, 21, on a bond of Tk 20,000 as they were not involved directly involved in the running of the company.
Police personnel escort Abul Hashem, chairman and managing director of Sajeeb Group, to a court in Narayanganj after his remand on Wednesday, Jul 14, 2021 in a case over the death of at least 50 workers in a fire at Hashem Foods factory.
More than 50 workers died in the blaze that broke out at the factory of Hashem Foods Ltd, a unit of Sajeeb Group, on Jul 8.
Fire Service officials have blamed a faulty fire safety system at the factory for the fatal blaze.
One of the staircases leading to the rooftop was also locked, leaving many workers trapped inside the burning building, according to them. The use of child labour in the factory has also come to light since the incident.
Narayanganj police later started a case on a range of charges, including murder under section 302 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by death or life imprisonment. The other charges include attempt to murder and voluntarily causing serious injury, both of which are imprisonable offences.

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