Factory inspectors get bail in Rana Plaza murder case

Court Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Wednesday granted bail to two people accused in the murder case filed over the Rana Plaza collapse tragedy at Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, which killed over 1,136 people in April 2013.
Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahajadi Tahmida passed the order after Shahidul Islam and Md Yusuf Ali, two factory inspectors of the labour ministry, surrendered before the court and sought bail in the case.
On behalf of the two accused, counsel Sheikh Baharul Islam filed the bail petition before the court and took part in the hearing.
Public prosecutors Abdul Mannan Khan and Anwarul Kabir Babul, and court inspector Asaduzzman, opposed the bail petition arguing that the two accused were accused in the charge sheet of the case.
Pleading with the court that they are sent to jail, they also told the
court that none of the accused got bail in this case from the lower court in the past.
They also pointed out that on February 8, the same court sent a Rajuk building inspector Awalad Hossain to jail after his surrender in the same case.
After hearing both sides, the court granted bail to the duo on a Tk 10,000 bond.
After the order, public prosecutor Babul said ‘this is the first time that any accused got bail from the lower court in this case.’
On December 21, 2015, a Dhaka court took into cognisance the charge sheet in the murder case implicating Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and 40 others.
On June 1, 2015, over two years after the tragedy, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police pressed murder charges against 41 people, including Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, in two cases.
The accused include Rana’s parents, owners of four factories, the then mayor of Savar municipality and 14 government officials.
Of the 41 accused, Sohel Rana and eight accused are now in jail, 19 accused are out on bail while a remaining 15 accused are still on the run.
CID also submitted another charge sheet against 18 people on charges of violating the building code in constructing the Rana Plaza.
On a hot April 24 morning, 2013, the eight-storied, shoddily constructed commercial building Rana plaza, which housed five RMG factories, a shopping mall and a bank, came crashing down, leaving at least 1,136 people dead and about 2,000 injured.

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