12 hurt as lift collapses at Dhaka court

Staff Correspondent

8th March, 2019 12:01:27 printer

At least 12 people, including six lawyers, sustained injuries as a lift of the old building of Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court collapsed on

Thursday. Nine of the injured were identified as lawyers Ayub Ali, Sultan Ahmed, Shamsunnahar, Sowad, Kawser Alam Mithu and Amin, liftman Md Jahangir, bench assistant [peshkar] Md Sumon and an accused, Md Sujon Mia, who was supposed to appear before a court in a case.

Mohammad Faruk Hossain, a sub-inspector (SI) at Kotwali police station, said, “The lift collapsed around 10:30am while it was descending from the fourth floor of the 40-year-old building.”

According to the duty officer of fire service headquarters, Kamrul Hasan, three units of firefighters rushed to the spot to rescue the injured. 

The injured were later rushed to the adjacent Dhaka National Medical College Hospital (DNMCH) from where they were shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR).

Of them, nine were sent to DMCH while three to NITOR, said Mohammad Ibrahim, deputy police commissioner of Lalbagh zone of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

Mohammad Iqbal, assistant commissioner (Kotwali zone), said “The condition of two female lawyers is critical.”

Meanwhile, law minister Anisul Huq visited the injured at NITOR at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital and assured the relatives of the victims of proper treatment and financial support.

Law secretary Abu Saleh Sheikh Mohammad (ASSM) Zahirul Haque, joint secretary Bikash Kumar Saha and other high officials of the ministry accompanied him.

The hospital authorities said that they hope to deliver proper treatment to the injured.

Bikash Kumar Saha has been assigned with the task of monitoring the treatment of the injured. 

The Ministry of Law already formed a four-member probe body led by additional district and sessions judge Prodip Kumar Roy to know the reason of the accident. The committee has been asked to submit a report within seven working days.

A general diary (GD) was lodged with Dhaka Kotwali police station in this connection.

In February, last year, Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court got an allocation of Tk 1,86,88,632 for installation of five lifts. The project implementation work is underway.