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Tragedies in Dhaka and Chittagong

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Holy Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, is observed in the whole Muslim world including Bangladesh as a day of mourning recalling the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (RA), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (SM) at the Battle of Karbala. On the day of Ashura this year, the relatives and family members of the victims of two fatal accidents in our country were trying to identify their near and dear ones among the dead. The Ashulia factory fire in Dhaka and Bahaddarhat's under-construction flyover collapse in Chittagong killed at least 111 and 13 people respectively and injured more than one hundred people.

Now the question is did the garment factory have proper fire safety measures? And was the flyover being constructed with quality materials? Did the firm have any expertise to build such a flyover? We urge the government to form an unbiased and powerful probe committee in this regard soon, who will also advise the government how to stop these sorts of accident in future. We certainly hope that the persons responsible for these accidents would be brought to justice in such a way so that nobody would show any laxity in this regard in future.

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