It’s no accident, but murder: Minister SM Rezaul

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Dhaka, Mar 29: Public Works and Housing Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Friday termed the deaths of Banani FR Tower fire victims as “murders”.“We clearly want to say that those who died in the fire incident were not the victims of an accident. Rather, they were murdered, tough actions will be taken against them, no matter how much powerful they are,” he said.” the minister told reporters after visiting the site.

“It’s not an accident, but murders. No one of those responsible for such a cruel carnage will be spared.

Talking to reporters after visiting the fire-hit FR Tower, the minister also said, “The Prime Minister has directed us not to spare anyone responsible for the incident. Our ministry has also decided to take stern actions against them.”

He said a number of probe bodies have been formed to look into the Banani fire incident and punitive actions will be taken against those responsible as per the existing law based on reports of the probe committees.

SM Rezaul Karim said the FR Tower was built violating rules. “Permission was given only for an 18-story building, but a 22-story building was constructed illegally.”

Replying to a question, SM Rezaul Karim said they will also take actions if government officials’ involvement is found in illegal construction of the building.

Local Government and Rural Development Minister Md Tajul Islam and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam also visited the spot.