Legal action on the basis of Sitakunda investigation report: IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed said legal action would be taken on the basis of the investigation report into the fire at the BM container depot in Sitakunda.

He spoke to reporters after visiting the depot area in Chittagong on Tuesday afternoon.

Two days after the fire broke out at the container depot, 30 km from Chittagong city, on Saturday, some containers are still burning.

The district administration has so far reported 41 deaths in the horrific incident, nine of them fire service personnel. More than 200 people were burned or injured in the incident, many of whom are still in hospital.
IGP Benazir said, “So many firemen have not died in any accident so far. Our condolences to those killed and injured. Many have been seriously injured. At the end of the treatment, it will be understood how much damage they have done. ”

Authorities at the private depot have set up a committee to investigate the blaze. Besides, the Port Authority, Fire Service, Chittagong Divisional Commission, District Administration, Customs Authority have directed five more committees to investigate. However, no case has been registered in the police station so far.

Asked what legal action would be taken in this regard, the police chief said, “The government has already formed an investigation committee. The fire service has also formed an investigation committee. Legal action will be taken when the investigation report is received. ”

Members of the fire service have been working there since the fire broke out on Saturday night. Members of the army and navy are also taking part in firefighting and rescue operations. Besides, an army team is working to prevent the spread of chemical contamination from the depot.

The IGP said, “I hope the rescue operation will be completed as soon as possible. However, the situation is not completely safe yet. ”

This private inland container depot was set up in 2011 with the joint investment of two companies from Bangladesh and the Netherlands. It is owned by Smart Group of Industries of Bangladesh.

The hydrogen peroxide produced at the Al Razi Chemical Complex, another company in the group, was kept in a container depot for export. The fire service is of the opinion that the chemical has made the fire look terrible.

Fire service personnel said depot authorities said there were chemicals in 26 containers. Eight of them have been burnt and seven have been identified and removed. At least 12 containers containing the chemical have not yet been identified.