Fire: ‘Keraniganj plastic factory was fined for non-compliance’
02:15 PM, December 12, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:04 PM, December 12, 2019

‘Keraniganj plastic factory was fined for non-compliance’

The Keraniganj plastic factory where 11 people died in a massive fire yesterday was fined for non-compliance, according to labour and employment ministry.

While visiting the spot, KM Ali Azam, secretary to the labour and employment ministry, said an inspection team of his ministry had visited and fined the factory for non-compliance on November 5.

A case was also filed in this connection, the secretary added.

Meanwhile, Abul Hossain, deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defense said, said in primary investigation, they found that the factory does not have enough security measures.

There were not sufficient exit doors through which the staff can rush out during an emergency, Abul Hossain said while talking to journalists after visiting the spot this morning.

PROBE BODIES FORMED

A probe-committee has been formed by the Fire Service and Civil Defense to look into the matter, the fire official said.

The labour ministry also formed a five-member probe body to investigate the reason and responsibility of the accident.

On the other hand, locals accused that the factory was being run in the residential area without following proper rules and regulations.

They blocked the road for some times and also chanted slogans for removing the factory from their locality.

The claimed that the owner of the factory was operating in the area by bribing many high officials.

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