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Police yet to find owner of warehouse from where fire originated  

Published : Saturday, 23 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 602

Police failed to trace out the owner of the warehouse from where the deadly fire broke out at Churihatta in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka on February 20 that killed 71 people.
The fire started at Wahed Mansion's second floor used for storing chemical, not by gas cylinder of any vehicle or restaurant, said the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh or IEB after an investigation.
The warehouse of Parle International Ltd was rented on the second floor of Wahed Mansion owned by Haji Abdul Wahed's sons-Md Hassan and 'Sohel'
alias 'Sharif'-for storing chemicals.
Several probe bodies found the fire had originated from the warehouse storing cosmetics, especially spray canisters, on the first floor of the Haji Wahed Mansion. The probe body also found that the warehouse was rented by Parle International Ltd.  
Investigators of the Chawkbazar fire tragedy told the Daily Observer on Friday that the second floor of the Wahed Mansion was rented to the Parle International Ltd. Meanwhile, police failed to trace out the owners wanted in connection with the devastating fire that broke out in the warehouse.
Just after the fire, a case was filed accusing 14 people, including the two owners of the building - Md Hasan and Md Sohel alias Shahid.
Meanwhile, Sub-Inspector Delwar of Chawkbazar Police Station filed a separate case against unidentified people on Thursday night over the fire incident, said SI Abdul Halim.
The first floor of the building was used as warehouses of high pressure deodorant canisters and raw plastic granules while chemicals were stored in the basement of the building.
The High Court has granted three weeks' bail to two sons of Wahed Mansion's owner in a case started by a local resident over the deadly fire in Old Dhaka's Churihatta.
Md Asif, son of 52-year old 'Jummon' who died in the fire, lodged the case at the Chawkbazar Model Police Station on the night of February 21, accusing 14 people, including Hasan and Sharif.
Lawyer of Md Hassan and 'Sohel' alias 'Sharif' submitted to the court that 'It has been said in the case that the fire was started by the explosion of a private car's cylinder. So, where are their responsibilities as the owners?"
"Moreover, buildings No 65 and 66 have been mentioned in the case. But they (the two brothers) are not the owners of those buildings. They own the building No. 64."

The Chawkbazar police also failed to arrest any of the two owners, and are trying to find their whereabouts in or outside the country.  "We do not have any information on them. All we know is that they are out on bail," police said.

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