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Probe committee formed to investigate Keraniganj fire

| Updated: December 13, 2019 10:07:03

Probe committee formed to investigate Keraniganj fire

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has formed a five-member committee to investigate the fatal fire that broke out at a plastic factory in Keraniganj on Wednesday.

The blaze at Prime Pet and Plastic Industries Limited claimed at least 13 lives and injured more than a dozen people.

The probe committee, headed by additional secretary Dr Mollah Jalal, has been instructed to recommend punitive measures against those responsible for the incident, said a labour ministry statement.

The committee has been asked to submit their probe report within seven working days.

The ministry on Thursday issued an office order in this regard.

The committee has also been asked to provide detail information on the number of plastic factories in  area that had been inspected by Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) in the past few years.

In a separate statement, state minister for labour Monnujan Sufian expressed her deep condolence to the deceased's families.

She announced  Tk 0.1 million for each of the deceased's families  and Tk 50,000 for the injured workers who are under treatment at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

Terming the factory non-compliant, labour secretary KM Ali Azam said  the factory authorites had been notified several times and a case was also filed against them under labour law.

"The reasons behind the accident will be investigated and leagal measures will be taken against the liable persons," he noted.

Meanwhile, Sramik Nirspotta Forum (SNF) demanded proper investigation and exemplanary  punishment against those responsible for the incident.

They demanded proper compensation for the families of the deceased and injured workers.



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