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​NHRC inspects factory destroyed by fire, killing workers

Graphic: Workers affected by the factory blaze talk with the NHRC Chairperson

The Tampaco Foils factory near Dhaka caught fire on 10 September 2016, blazing fiercely and before collapsing and trapping workers.

The Tampaco Foils factory near Dhaka caught fire on 10 September 2016, blazing fiercely and then collapsing. A large number of workers – at least 34 – were killed in the blaze, with around 50 people injured and six still missing.

The day after the fire, on Sunday 11 September, National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Kazi Reazul Hoque, accompanied by Commissioner Md. Nazrul Islam and Commission officers, visited the site at Tongi, Gazipur, on the outskirts of Dhaka.

The NHRC Chairperson talked with the family members of victims, local residents, the local Superintendent of Police, and representatives from the different agencies working to control the fire and recover the bodies.

"The Commission will form a high level inquiry committee consisting of representatives from the relevant agencies. The committee will make spot inquiry and discuss with stakeholders to identify the reasons of such a big incident," Reazul Hoque said.

"The findings of the inquiry committee will be forwarded to the relevant agencies to ensure the safety of the workers and compliance with the labour laws," he added.

The NHRC Chairperson also noted that it was unfortunate that the factory owner or representatives from the factory management had failed to visit the site.

Date: 15 September 2016

Source: National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh


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  1. Workers affected by the factory blaze talk with the NHRC Chairperson - National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh