TAZREEN Factory Fire Part 3
(* What happened before: See part 2.)
* TAZREEN FIRE: Charge framing deferred:
A Dhaka court on Wednesday deferred to August 13 the hearing in the framing of charges against Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain and 12 others for the fire at the apparel factory at Ashulia that killed at least 112 workers on November 24, 2012.
Dhaka district and sessions judge SM Quddus Zaman passed the order after defence counsels sought time for the hearing saying they lacked preparation and their senior counsel was busy in two other sensitive cases.
Public prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan also told the court that he needed time to scrutinise large volume of documents of the case.
Rights activists decried delay in the trial as they gathered on the court premises demanding a quick disposal of the case.
Earlier on June 16, the court posted for Wednesday the hearing taking cognisance of the charge sheet.
Police filed a case with Ashulia police station on November 25, 2012 accusing 15 staff of negligence leading to murders.
Another case was filed against Delwar and 30 others on May 29, 2013 with Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court by Abdul Matin, brother of missing victim Rehana.
Later, the two cases merged into one.
20150709 * TAZREEN CASE:
Another Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 13 for hearing on charge framing against 13 people, including Tazreen Fashions Ltd chairman and its managing director, in a case filed over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers and injured many others in November 2012.
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* Tazreen Fashions fire charge-framing deferred to Aug 13:
Dhaka’s District and Sessions Judge M Kuddus Zaman granted a defence plea seeking time on Wednesday and fixed Aug 13 for the charge-framing.
One of the defence lawyers, Abu Bakar Farhad, filed the petition seeking time saying his colleague was busy with another case and would not be able to attend hearing.
At least 111 workers died and 104 injured in the devastating fire at the Tuba Group’s factory in Savar on Nov 24, 2012.
* Tazreen fire victims likely to get fair compensation by third anniversary:
Tazreen Fashions fire accident victims are likely to get the fair amounts of compensation money before the third anniversary of the incident which took place in November 2012.
C&A Foundation has started working to develop a distribution methodology and measure compensation amounts.
In a deal with global union IndustriALL and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), the Foundation announced its commitment to make a significant contribution to ensure the workers got fair amounts of compensation, said a source.
* Initiative starts to compensate Tazreen victims:
The families of Tazreen Fashions fire victims might receive compensation as per the International Labour Organisation standards before the third anniversary of the tragic incident as the C&A Foundation, an affiliate of Dutch retailer C&A, has started its work to develop a distribution methodology.
On the second anniversary of Tazreen Fashions fire tragedy, the C&A Foundation had pledged to contribute a significant amount towards full and fair compensation for those injured in the fire and the families of the dead in a deal with global union IndustriALL and the garment workers’ pressure group Clean Clothes Campaign.
As per the agreement, the compensation amount will be determined based on the system already developed for the Rana Plaza victims.
* Tazreen fire: Court accepts chargesheet against Delwar, 12 others:
Charge-framing hearing to start July 8
A court here on Tuesday accepted the chargesheet against 13 people, including Tazreen Fashions Managing Director and owner Delwar Hossain, in a case filed over the devastating fire in the garment factory that claimed over 100 lives in 2012.
Taking cognisance of the chargesheet, Judge of the District and Session’s Court SM Kuddus Jaman also fixed July 8 for staring charge-framing hearing against the 13 accused.
Eight of the accused, now on bail, were present at the court during the hearing on Tuesday while another detained accused was also produced.
The rest four –- factory engineer M Mahbubul Morshed, its manager Abdur Razzak, quality manager Shahiduzzaman Dulal and production manager Mobarok Hossain Manju — remained absconding.
At least 112 people were killed and over 200 others suffered injuries in the devastating fire that raged through the Tazreen Fashions at Nischintapur in Ashulia on the outskirts of capital Dhaka on November 24, 2012.
* Charge hearing against Delwar, wife on July 8:
A Dhaka court on Tuesday posted for July 8 the hearing in framing of charges against 13 accused including Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain in two cases filed for fire at the apparel factory that killed at least 112 workers.
The Dhaka district and sessions judge, SM Quddus, passed the order taking cognisance of the charge sheets in the cases.
The court also issued warrants for the arrest of ‘fugitive’ accused engineer Mahbubul Morshed, production manager Mobarak Hossain Manju, factory manager Abdur Razzak and quality manager Shahiduzzaman.
The other accused are Delwar’s wife Mahmuda Akhter, also Tazreen Fashions chairperson, manager (admin) Dulal Uddin, store in-charges Hamidul Islam and Al Amin, security in-charges Al Amin and Anisur Rahman, guard Rana and loader Shamim Miah.
* Charge framing in Tazreen fire case on July 8:
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed July 8 for the charge framing hearing against 13 people accused in two cases filed over the deadly fire at the factory of Tazreen Fashions, including its Managing Director Delwar Hossain.
Judge SM Quddus Zaman of Dhaka District and Sessions Court fixed the date after taking the charge sheet into cognisance in the cases.
The court also issued arrest warrant against fugitives in the cases – Engineer Mahbubul Morshed, Production Manager Mobarak Hossain Manju, Factory Manager Abdur Razzak and Quality Manager Shahiduzzaman.
The other accused are Delwar’s wife and Tazreen Fashions Chairman Mahmuda Akhter, Manager (admin) Dulal Uddin, Store in-Charges Hamidul Islam and Al Amin, Security In-Charges Al Amin and Anisur Rahman, guard Rana and loader Shamim Miah.
According to the charge sheet, Delwar and Mahmuda constructed the building following a faulty plan with the help of the accused engineer and illegally used the ground-floor walkway as a warehouse.
There was no fire exit in the factory, although a provision of the labour law stipulates that there must be two exits in every factory.
The factory was built a mile away from the main road, making it very difficult for fire service vehicles to enter the factory compound.
* NGWF form human chain marking 23 month of Rana Plaza & 28 month of Tazreen tragedies:
* Court orders further probe into Tazreen fire:
A court in Dhaka on Sunday asked Criminal Investigation Department to carry out further investigation in one of two cases filed over the Tazreen Fashions fire incident in 2012.
Dhaka’s Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the order after accepting an application filed by Matikul Islam, brother of a female RMG worker who died in the incident that killed over 112.
The court also asked CID to submit the investigation report before the court, in the case, on April 22. On May 29, 2013, RMG worker Rehena Akhter’s brother Matikul Islam filed a murder case against Delwar Hossain, owner of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd, and some unnamed other people.
The plaintiff mentioned in the case statement that the main accused Delwar had ordered that fire be set to the garment factory. further alleged that Delwar had hid Rehena’ dead body.
* Court directs CID to probe disappearance of worker:
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation into the disappearance of a garment worker in the Tazreen Fashions fire in November 2012.
Rehena Begum, who worked at the finishing section of Tazreen Fashions Ltd, has been missing since the fire on November 24.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the order after Rehena’s brother Abdul Matin filed a no-confidence petition against the police report in this connection.
The court also asked CID’s Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Monsur Ali Mondol to submit a probe report to it by April 22.
On September 23 last year, Md Azharul Islam Sarkar, officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station, submitted a probe report without any investigation into the matter.
On May 29 of 2013, Abdul Matin sued the owner of Tazreen Fashions, Delwar Hossain, and 30 others for their gross negligence which resulted in the death of his sister.
After the fire, Matin searched for his sister but did not find his sister or her body.
* CID ordered to re-investigate the Tazreen fire incident:
A Dhaka court yesterday asked Criminal Investigation Department to conduct further investigations in a case filed over the Tazreen Fashions fire incident in 2012, and submit the report by April 22.
Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the order, granting the prosecution’s no-confidence petition filed against the final investigation report submitted by CID that found the allegations against the defendants were not true.
On May 29, 2013, a person named Matinul Islam had filed a murder case with the chief judicial magistrate’s court against the owner of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd, Delwer Hossain, and some unnamed people.
The complainant alleged that the main accused Delwer had intended to burn the factory. The resulting fire killed 117 people.
* Rana Plaza, Tazreen victims demand compensation:
Families of garment workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire, and injured workers at a human chain beside Dhaka-Aricha highway yesterday, demanding compensation, treatment, and rehabilitation of workers who have become disabled, and also punishment for the accused responsible persons. Photo: Star
Relatives of garment workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire and the injured workers formed a human chain beside the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Savar bus stand yesterday, demanding compensation.
The demonstrators formed the human chain under the banners “Rana Plaza Garment Workers’ Union” and “Tazreen Fashions Garment Workers’ Union”.
Nasima Akter, a victim of Tazreen Fashions fire, said it has been over two years since the fire occurred but she is yet to be compensated.
“We cannot pay for food much less other necessities after losing our source of income,” she said breaking down in tears.
She added that they are living inhuman lives.
Jorina Akter, president of Tazreen Fashions Garment Workers’ Union and a victim herself, said the victims need compensation immediately.
“Families of those who died are living very miserable lives after losing their breadwinners, and those who were injured cannot work anymore,” she said.
See part 2