Govt opens probe into Standard Group fire
The government yesterday formed a high-level investigation committee to find out the reasons behind the fire at a Standard Group factory on Friday.
The nine-member committee comprises members of different intelligence agencies and will be headed by Main Uddin Khandaker, additional secretary to the home ministry. The committee will submit its report in seven days.
“It was an act of sabotage. The committee will find out who were behind the fire,” Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar said.
The arsonists wanted to dent the image of Bangladeshi garment industries abroad, Shipar said.
The government had earlier formed two other committees — one headed by Nurul Islam, deputy commissioner of Gazipur; and the other by Aminul Islam, deputy secretary to the labour ministry.
The committees will contribute to the investigation from their respective sides, Shipar said.
He was talking to reporters after an emergency meeting with the officials of different ministries and intelligence agencies.
Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister, Advocate Shamsul Hoque Tuku, state minister for home affairs, and Mosharraf Hussain, owner and managing director of Standard Group, also spoke.
Enraged by a rumour that police killed two factory staff, garment workers torched six units of the apparel maker causing a massive damage worth hundreds of crores of taka.