Published: Friday, May 3, 2013

Mass funeral at Jurain

32 unclaimed bodies buried

Over 1,000 people throng Jurain Graveyard in the capital on Wednesday as 32 unidentified victims of the Rana Plaza disaster are laid to rest.  Photo: Anisur Rahman

People throng Jurain Graveyard in the capital on Wednesday as 32 unidentified victims of the Rana Plaza disaster are laid to rest. Photo: Anisur Rahman

A large number of unclaimed bodies have been buried at Jurain graveyard in the capital for the second time in less than six months.
Several thousand people thronged the city corporation’s burial ground when 32 victims of the worst-ever deadly building collapse in the country on April 24 were taken on their last journey on Wednesday.
They were laid to rest some 30 yards from the spot where 53 unidentified victims of the inferno at Tazreen Fashions in Ashulia in November last year had been buried.
β€œIt hasn’t been long since the Tazreen fire victims were buried here,” said Tajul Islam, a guard, pointing to the western side of the ground.
The authorities decided to bury the Savar victims on the other side of the fire victims to avoid confusion, he added.
When the earlier procession of the dead was fading out in the memories of people, this new incident had those images revived with greater impact on their minds.
“There was a huge crowd last time also,” said Tajul, adding he had worked with police to manage the gathering so that the burial could take place peacefully.
Motor mechanic Babu helped dig graves for nothing as he had done after the Tazreen tragedy that claimed over a hundred lives.
“I come to do this to ease my pain,” he told The Daily Star.
In a note of consolation, Babu said it was the victims’ bad luck that their relatives could not bury them but they had some luck in another sense as unlike those believed to remain trapped in the rubble “they got a place to finally sleep.”
Nineteen bodies were earlier carried from Dhaka Medical College morgue and 14 from Mitford Hospital morgue. One female among the victims was identified by her relatives at the graveyard and the administration handed over the body to the family.
Two namaz-e-janazas were held before the dead were laid to rest.
Before the burial, the hospital authorities also collected DNA samples, so that relatives could identify the graves of their dear ones through DNA tests.
Many in the crowd had one or more relatives missing since the building collapsed.
Mohammad Jahid of Gopalganj had come to find his daughter Amena Khatun, a sewing operator at a garment factory in the nine-storey Rana Plaza.
While many mourned the deaths, many expressed frustration over such fatal incidents that garment workers repeatedly fall victim to.