A Dhaka court today took into cognisance the homicide charges against 13 people including Tazreen Fashions Managing Director Delwar Hossain in a case over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers and injured many others in November last year.
The 112 workers, mostly women, were killed and scores wounded in the country's worst industrial blaze at Tazreen Fashions Ltd in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital on November 24 last year.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh accepted the charges against the 13 accused after scrutinising the case documents.
If convicted, the accused could face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment or minimum seven years in jail, said Investigation Officer AKM Mohsinuzzaman Khan, after submitting charge sheet in the case before the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court on December 22.
The court also issued arrest warrants against Delwar, his wife and also Tazreen Chairman Mahmuda Akter, and four others who were shown as fugitives in the charge sheet.
The court order came nine days after the charges were pressed against the accused.
The court also ordered the officer-in-charge (OC) of Ashulia Police Station to submit a report on execution of the arrest warrants on February 14 next year.
The four other absconding accused are: Factory Manager Abdur Razzak, Quality Manager Shahiduzzaman Dulal, Production Manager Mobarak Hossain Monju and engineer Mahbubul Morshed.
The other seven accused are: Manager (admin) Md Dulal Uddin, store-in-charge Hamidul Islam and Md Al Amin, security in-charge Md Al Amin and Anisur Rahman, security guard Md Rana, and loader Shamim Mia.
Of them, only security-in-charge Anisur is now behind bars while other six are on bail.
The 13 were charged with mischief by fire and causing grievous hurt and death by negligence.