Alexa Someone must take responsibility: HC 

Dhaka, Sunday   23 February 2020


Someone must take responsibility: HC 

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:22 PM, 25 February 2019   Updated: 02:01 PM, 26 February 2019

File Photo

File Photo

Observing the fire incident of capital’s Chawkbazar is not an accident, the High Court (HC) said that it is negligence and someone has to take responsibility for it. 

The HC also said that concerned people are blaming each other, it’s not right. There is a lot of development in our economy. But such incidents are destroying the dignity of the country.   

An HC bench of comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader said this on Monday in the hearing of the three separate writ petitions to provide compensation for the Chawkbazar fire victims, relocate chemical warehouses from Old Dhaka and dismantle unapproved buildings from the area. 

At the beginning of the hearing, deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud sought time. Later, the court adjourned the hearing. He said that the government is very cordial about the fire incident.

The court said the Prime Minister adopted two girls after the Nimtoli fire incident that killed 124 people. “Will only being affectionate be of use? Many lives were lost again. Someone must deliver. The Prime Minister can’t do everything alone. 

The court also said, “We came to know through newspapers that the Prime Minister monitored the Chawkbazar incident. She can’t run the country alone. The administration concerned should have executed the suggestions.”

Mentioning that the house owners in Old Dhaka rent their establishments for using as warehouses at 2-3 times higher rent but reside in posh areas like Gulshan and Banani, it questioned what the city corporation is doing. “They pretend not to see anything. People die on roads. What’s their fault?” 

Citing newspaper reports, the HC bench said no step was taken to implement the recommendations of the probe committee after the Nimtoli fire incident. “They were responsible for executing those. We don’t know whether they’ve taken any step. We’ve to consider that they have negligence in their part if they haven’t taken any measure.”

The court also said the Old Dhaka is plagued with numerous problems. “Fire Service vehicles can’t ply the roads. ….there’ll be no building if there’s any earthquake measuring 7-8 on the Richter scale.”

On February 20, at least 67 people were killed and 41 others injured after a devastating fire broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through several nearby buildings at Chawkbazar.