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Rupganj Factory Fire

Families get remains of 24 victims

Waits That End With Wail

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Families get remains of 24 victims
A man with tears in his eyes carries the coffin containing the remains of his beloved child after receiving it from the DMCH morgue. — Md Nasir Uddin

They knew their family members died in the devastating fire at Hashem Food and Beverage’s Shejan Juice factory at Rupganj in Narayanganj on July 8, but couldn’t complete last rites for the deceased as the bodies were not identified.

Finally, their month-long intolerable wait was over. The families of 24 deceased received the remains of their loved ones on Wednesday afternoon in Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

The air on the DMCH morgue premises turned heavy with the screaming of the bereaved family members waiting to receive the remains of their near and dear ones who died in the shocking fire incident.

Sitting in an ambulance, Shahinoor, father of 18-year-old Tania, who died in the fire while working on the 3rd floor of the building, was weeping silently, keeping his two hands on the coffin of his daughter.

“Oh, my mother Tania! Where will I find you? Where have you left me? I sent you to work, but never thought such an incident will happen to you. Now how will I console your mother? It would be better if I would die instead of you,” the lamenting father was telling his deceased daughter.

Afzal Hossain, husband of deceased Nazma Begum, said, “I have lost everything. Those who lose a near and dear one only can understand this pain. I want justice for my wife’s death. I want the owner to be punished.”

At least 51 workers died in the deadly fire that engulfed the six-storey building at Rupganj in the last month. Three of the bodies were handed over to the families after autopsy then. As the rest of the bodies could not be identified, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on July 12 collected samples from 66 relatives of victims for DNA tests.

“The rest of the bodies will be handed over on Saturday. The three bodies that are yet to be identified will be handed over after further testing,” said Additional DIG Emam Hossain of the CID.

Narayanganj district administration paid Tk 25,000 to each family for burial and cremation of the deceased. They will be given more financial aid later.

Out of the 48 recovered bodies in the fire incident, identities of 45 victims were specified in the forensics laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The rest of the identified bodies which are kept at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital morgue will be handed over on Saturday.

 

Families receive the remains of 24 people, who were killed in the deadly fire at Hashem Food and Beverage Factory

in Narayanganj, from the morgue of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in the city on Wednesday.

 

(1, 2 and 3) Holding photographs, relatives of the fire victims wail and beat their chests and foreheads with their hands,

creating a heart-rending scene there.