2019 Chawkbazar fire: Charges accepted against 2 Wahed Mansion owners, 6 others
A Dhaka court today accepted the charges brought against eight people, including two owners of Wahed Mansion -- from where a deadly fire originated in February 2019 and killed 71 people.
The accused are: owners of Wahed Mansion located at Churihatta in Old Dhaka -- Mohammad Hasan Sultan and his brother Mohammad Hossain Sultan alias Sohel, owners of chemical warehouse Imtiaz Ahmed, Mozammel Iqbal, Mozaffar Uddin, Mohammad Jawad Atiq, Mohammad Nabil and Kashif.
Of them, the two brothers were arrested following the incident and later, they were released on bail while the rest secured bail from different courts on different dates.
After scrutinising the case dockets and other relevant documents, Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ashek Imam passed the order.
The magistrate also sent the case to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury for next course of action.
On February 15, Chawkbazar police submitted the charge sheet against the accused in the case.
In the charge sheet, the IO said the primary charges brought against the accused is negligence, which led to deaths of so many victims and injure scores of people. The allegation was proven and they should be brought under trial.
The devastating fire broke out at Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar area around 10:40pm on February 20, 2019.
Thirty-seven firefighting units brought the inferno under control after working tirelessly for 14 hours.
Autopsies found that all the victims were burned alive.
The following day, Md Asif, a resident of Chawkbazar, filed the case in connection with massive damages including the loss of many lives due to negligence.