45 deceased in Sejan juice factory fire identified...

Dhaka, Tuesday   28 September 2021

45 deceased in Sejan juice factory fire identified

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:03 PM, 2 August 2021   Updated: 02:03 PM, 2 August 2021

Fire at Sejan Juice Factory in Rupganj, Narayanganj; Photo: Getty Images

Fire at Sejan Juice Factory in Rupganj, Narayanganj; Photo: Getty Images

The forensic branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police has identified 45 of the 49 bodies burnt in the fire at the Sejan Juice factory of Hashem Food in Rupganj, Narayanganj.

The CID will hand over the bodies to the Narayanganj district administration after the final results of the DNA test.

The district administration will hand over the bodies to the families along with “compensation money” as per government rules, sources said on Sunday night.

CID Additional DIG Imam Hossain said DNA samples were collected from 66 relatives of the victims to identify the 49 bodies. “We have already been able to identify the bodies of 45 people. Work is underway to identify the bodies of the remaining four,” he also said.

CID’s Narayanganj District Superintendent of Police Delwar Hossain said they are conducting a field investigation as per the instructions of the higher authorities and the head of the probe body. “We are investigating all the information received from the victims’ families,” he added.

About this, Narayanganj DC Mostain Billah said he has not been informed yet whether the forensic department of CID has identified the bodies. However, if the CID hands over the body to us, we will hand it over to the families through an executive magistrate.

He said the government would pay Tk 50,000 to the family of the deceased for burying the body.

On July 8, a terrible blaze broke out at the Hashem Food Factory in Rupganj, killed 52 people. The bodies of the three victims were handed over to their relatives as their identities were found.

The rest of the bodies were so badly burned that there was no way to recognize them. As a result, the bodies were kept in the morgue of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

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