‘Let bodies be identified first’: B’desh SC on action in factory fire


Terming the deadly Shezan Juice factory fire, which left at least 52 workers dead, as a “tragic incident”, the Bangladesh Supreme Court on Sunday expressed its deep condolences and asked the Attorney General to take the necessary steps for relief of the injured.

“The incident is really tragic. We are observing it… Let the bodies are identified first. Then, bring the compensation petition to the court. The doors of the court are always open,” the apex court’s High Court bench, headed by Justice M. Enayetur Rahim, said.

The officials of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s CID are working to find out the identity of the workers through the DNA test. CID officials told IANS that the process will take at least three weeks to four weeks.

The Supreme Court ordered the authorities concerned to publish a list of the victims who were injured in last Thursday’s deadly fire at the Narayanganj food processing factory and ensure their proper treatment.

It also asked the Attorney General to talk to the Health and Labour Secretaries to take necessary steps to this effect.

Addressing the lawyers, who presented the incident to the court, the bench said: “Like countrymen, we are also concerned over the fire incident that killed 52 workers. A case has already been filed in this regard and the accused people have been arrested. Some money has also been given by the government to victims. So for now, the HC is not giving any compensation order.”