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12:00 AM, November 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:21 AM, November 20, 2019

Shipbreaking Yards: High Court seeks reports on accidents, measures

The High Court yesterday wanted to know how many workers were killed and injured in accidents at shipbreaking yards and what actions were taken against the persons responsible.

The court sought separate reports from the authorities concerned of the government on the details of the accidents, deaths, injuries, treatment, compensations and rehabilitation of workers, punishment for those responsible and corrective measures.

The ministries of industries, labour and environment, Department of Environment, Directorate of Explosives and Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments have been asked to submit the reports by January 5 next year.

The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman came up with the order following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), seeking necessary order.

In the petition, Bela said a total of 194 workers were killed and 86 others sustained disabilities during the accidents at shipbreaking yards after the HC had delivered a verdict in 2009 to ensure safety, security and interests of workers.

The accidents took place due to negligence of the owners of those yards, Bela said in the petition, adding that most of the 202 accidents took place at 42 shipbreaking yards.

Advocate Syeda Rizwana Hasan and Advocate Sayeed Ahmed Kabir appeared for Bela.  

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