2 arrested over Armanitola fire

Staff Correspondent

27 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Monday arrested two accused in the case filed in connection with the Armanitola fire incident in the capital.

Two teams of RAB-10 and RAB Headquarters held Mostafizur Rahman, 42, owner of Moin and Brothers and Mohammad Mostofa, 45, owner of RS Enterprise, from Dhaka and Bogura.

The elite force arrested Mostafizur Rahman from Nandi village in Bogura at about 4:00am while the force held Mohammad Mostofa from a house at Uttara-10 around 5:30am.

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director (legal and media wing) of the RAB, briefed the newsmen about their arrest at the RAB media centre at Kawran Bazar in the capital on the day.

On April 23, a devastating fire broke out at Hazi Musa Mansion at Aramanitola in Old Dhaka. The fire killed five residents

of the house and left 21 others injured.  The fire originated from a chemical storehouse in the building.

Moin and Brothers and RS Enterprise had two chemical storehouses there.

The RAB officer said that the arrestees stored chemicals at their godowns on the ground floor of Musa Mansion without taking permission of the authorities concerned. After the fire incident, the arrestees went into hiding, he said.

They had been storing various chemicals there for the last five to seven years, the officer added.

Additional DIG Mahfuzur Rahman, commanding officer (CO) of the RAB-10, was present during the briefing.