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Girder Tragedy

Probe body finds negligence of two construction firms

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Probe body finds negligence of two construction firms

Negligence of the two construction firms led to Monday’s girder tragedy at Uttara in the capital which claimed the lives of five persons and injured two others, according to probe body findings.

A six-member committee formed to find out why a box girder of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project fell on a private car unearthed the findings during its preliminary investigation. 

The inquiry body submitted its findings to the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges on Tuesday, said ABM Amin Ullah Nuri, Secretary of the Road Transport and Highway Division.

The preliminary findings show that the tragic girder incident took place due to negligence of the two construction firms, he added.

Shafikul Islam, Managing Director of Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, also blamed the construction firms for the incident, saying the two firms were laidback about the safety of passengers as they were following ‘go-as-you-please’ policy for the vehicles from the beginning.

“The two firms based in China don’t have sufficient money. That is why they are running construction work with lees manpower and less equipment. They have been showing eccentricity in their work from the beginning,” he said.

Experts, however, said that the managing director of BRT project and others concerned can not avoid their responsibility for the tragic incident that shocked the entire country.

A case was filed against China Gazhuba Group Corporation (CGGC) and others with Uttara West Police Station on Monday night in connection with the incident.

Afran Mondal Babu, brother of the deceased Fahima Akhtar and Jharna Akhtar, filed the case, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the police station Mohammad Mohsin said.        The crane operator and others went into hiding soon after the incident, the OC said adding that police were trying to arrest them.

Meanwhile, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) started conducting raids in different areas to arrest those responsible for the incident.

Lt Col Abdullah Al Momen, commanding officer of RAB-1, said they are carrying out a shadow investigation in the case filed over the incident. “We have started drives to nab persons responsible,” he added.

The autopsy of the five deceased was done at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital. The autopsy completed around 12:45pm on Tuesday, said Nased Jamil, a doctor of forensic department of the hospital.

About the autopsy report, he said they found on the bodies what the inquiry body mentioned in its report. According to the probe report, the five have been crushed to death under the girder.

Meanwhile, when three lawyers drew attention of the High Court to the Uttara girder tragedy, the HC suggested that they should file a writ petition in connection with the incident.

The tragic incident happened at Uttara at about 4:20pm on Monday, leaving five persons, including two children, dead on the spot and two others injured.

The deceased were identified as Rubel, 60, Fahima, 40, her sister Jhorna, 28, and Jhorna’s two children Jannat, 6, and Jakaria, 2.

A newlywed couple traveling in the same car fortunately survived the fatal incident.