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HC orders forming committee to probe Bailey Road building fire

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Published: 15:51, 4 March 2024

Update: 15:52, 4 March 2024

HC orders forming committee to probe Bailey Road building fire

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A High Court division bench on Monday (4 March) ordered to form a committee headed by the home secretary to submit a probe report regarding the devastating fire incident that took place in the capital's Bailey Road on Thursday night.
The court also issued a ruling asking why it would not be declared illegal not to keep fire extinguishing systems in the buildings of the capital including schools, colleges and shopping malls as per the law.
A High Court Division Bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Qazi Zeenat Haque passed the order today following a hearing on two separate writs.
Experts from the Police, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK), Fire Service, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and representatives of Dhaka South and North City Corporation have been asked to be kept in the committee.
The committee has been asked to investigate the cause of the fire within four months and to submit a report recommending effective fire extinguishing systems to prevent the occurrence of fire mishaps.
Supreme Court lawyers Israt Jahan Santbana and Yunus Ali Akand filed separate writs asking for inquiry by experts and seeking directions to close restaurants in all residential areas in the capital.
Around 9:50 PM on 29 February, a deadly fire broke out at a commercial building on the city's Bailey Road that killed 46 people including women and children and injured several others.

A case was lodged with Ramna police station on Friday in this regard.