TAZREEN FIRE: 33 noted citizens concerned about justice

Staff Correspondent

A group of 33 noted citizens, including university teachers and cultural and rights activists, on Monday expressed deep concern over the home ministry’s alleged attempts to protect the people responsible for fire at Tazreen garment.
In a joint statement, they demanded immediate arrest of Tazreen Fashion Limited owner Delwar Hossain and exemplary punishment for him.
At least 112 workers were killed in a fire at the factory of Tazreen Fashion Limited at Ashilia on November 24, 2012.
‘We are concerned that no legal action has yet been taken against the owner of Tazreen factory even after six months of the fire, although in the probe report of the home ministry recommended that the owner be arrested and prosecuted on charge of causing death by negligence,’ the joint statement read.
It said that although Tazreen owner Delwar Hossain was seen to appear before the High Court, the inspector general of police, in his report to the High Court, stated that Delwar went into hiding.
The statement also claimed that the home ministry was trying to save Delwar by delaying the submission of its report to the High Court.
Teachers of different public universities including Anu Mohammad, Nasim Akhter Hossain, Akmal Hossain, Gitiara Nasreen, Dhali Al-Mamun, Manosh Chowdhury, Nasrin Khandoker, Samina Lutfa, Swadhin Sen, Seuty Sabur, Sayeed Ferdous, Mirza Taslima Sultana, Sayema Khatun, Sadaf Noor-E Islam, Parvin Jolly, Masud Imran Mannu, Tanzim Khan, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, social worker Khushi Kabir, cultural activist Mamunur Rashid, Ganasanghati Andolan prsident Zonayed Saki, Dilara Jolly, Nasrin Siraj Annie, Omar Tarek Chowdhury, Arup Rahee, Bonya Mirza, Shahidul Islam Sabuj, Shipra Bose, Garment Sanghati coordinator Taslima Akhter, Susmita Preetha and Akram Hossain and Rahnuma Ahmed signed the statement.

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