Many people are still missing in the ghastly fire incident at Chawkbazar of Old Dhaka with the death toll reaching 78 until Thursday evening.
Family, friends and relatives of the missing persons are crowding Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in search of their near and dear ones.Many were seen visiting the hospital and Chawkbazar with photos of the missing persons in a desperate attempt to trace their beloved ones among the injured or in the morgue.
Abdus Salam Azad, a tailor, kept crying with a photo of his younger brother Billal who was missing since the fire incident.
“My brother went to his workplace, Manida Tailor, at Chawkbazar at around 9:00 pm. We’ve been looking for him since the incident. We went to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College and other places, but could not find him anywhere,” Azad said.
Billal and the owner of the tailoring shop were in their shop, which was gutted in the fire. The body of the shop owner was identified by his family members at DMCH.
Azad and his family members fear that Billal did not survive the fire, but they want the dead body for burial.
Kazi Jahir went to DMCH morgue several times in search of his uncle Kazi Enamul Huq, an employee of Rupali Life Insurance, but could not trace him.One Ataur Rahman, a student of Boro Katara Madrasa, was searching for his teacher Mawlana Omar Faruque since Wednesday night.
Mawlana Faruque owned a pharmacy at Wahid Manjil which was burnt in the fire, and he was in his shop. He is missing since the fire incident.
Mojib Howlader was searching for his brother Mamun at DMCH morgue, but could not find him.
Ismail Hossain, a resident of Churihatra, left his house to have a cup of tea at a nearby tea stall just before the fire incident. He is missing since then, we could not even find the body, said his Mobasser.
Shahin, 45, hailing from Noakhali, a sales executive of a private company, used to live in a rented flat in Chawkbazar. Akhter Hossain, elder brother of Shahin, said was searching for his brother at DMCH and other places.
Ali Ahmed, director general of Fire Service and Civil Defence, said, “Many dead victims were burned beyond recognition and that’s making it difficult for many people to identify the bodies of their family members”
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society was preparing a list of the missing persons. Mahbubul Haque, field officer of Red Crescent Society, told the daily sun that they recorded the names of 25 missing persons till 2:36 pm on Thursday.