Tongi factory fire death toll rises to 33
Published : Monday, 12 September, 2016 at 5:09 PM Count : 404
Gazipur: The death toll from the inferno that raged through a packaging factory at Tongi has climbed to 33 with the recovery of four more bodies from the rubble on Monday.
The deceased could not be identified yet.
Rescuers pulled out two bodies from the wreckage in the morning while two others around 1:30 pm, said Lt Colonel Mohammad Rashidul Hasan, director of Inter Services Public Relation Directorate.
He was speaking at a press briefing at the spot around 2:20 pm after a team of Bangladesh Army joined the rescue operation.
The army team joined the rescue operation around 6:30 am.
On Sunday, the rescue team retrieved four bodies from the debris.
Twenty-four people were killed 50 others injured after the fire broke out at ‘Tampaco Foils Ltd’ in Tongi BSCIC Industrial Area in the early hours of Saturday.
Of the injured, Ripon Das, 30, who suffered burn injuries in the fire, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College
Hospital (DMCH) in the capital early Sunday.
The local administration had prepared a list containing 11 names of missing workers.
Addressing the press briefing, the ISPR director also said there was a stock of 25 tonnes of chemicals at the factory when the fire broke out on Saturday.
About the reason behind the fire, he said they are yet to get sure about it.
Replying to a query, Rashidul said it cannot be said right now as to how long the rescue operation will continue.
He also said the rescue operation will continue on a small scale on the day of Eid-ul-Azha on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a murder case was filed against eight people, including factory owner Syed Md Mokbul Hossain, with Tongi Police Station on Sunday night, said Firoz Talukder, officer-in-charge of the police station.
Abdul Quader Patwary, father of deceased worker Mohammad Hossain Jewel, filed the case, he said.
The seven other accused are Mokbul’s wife Parvin, factory managing director Tanvir Ahmed, general manager Shafiqur Rahman, manager (administration) Monir Hossain, manager (general) Samir Ahmed, manager Hanif and DMD Alamgir Hossain.
However, factory owner Mokbul, also a former MP, went into hiding after the incident.
Gas leakage caused the fire at the flexible and tobacco packaging factory in the early hours of Saturday.
The blast of Tampaco Foils Ltd sparked off huge fire around 6 pm on Saturday and led to the collapse of the four-storey factory.
Around 150 workers were in the factory building when the boiler went off but factory owner Syed Md Mokbul Hossain, also an ex-MP of Sylhet-6 constituency, told reporters on Saturday that 75 workers were working in his factory on Friday night.