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Rana Plaza Tragedy: Injured not yet got Compensation after 9 years

Staff Correspondent
National
The ninth year of the Rana Plaza Tragedy. April 24, 2013. 9 years ago, on this day in 2013, a 9-storey building named Rana Plaza collapsed in Savar.

Although Rana Plaza is a commercial building, it had an underground car park, offices on the first floor, offices of various institutions including banks, a shopping mall on the second floor and a garment factory on the third to seventh floors. The upper two floors were empty.

On the morning of the incident, most of the shops in the market were closed but the ready-made garment factory was open.

As a result, thousands of fresh lives were lost in the moment when they were crushed under the rubble of brick-concrete in the accident.

Fortunately, hundreds of garment workers survived but most of them were paralyzed. A total of 2,438 people were rescued alive and 1,117 dead from the rubble of the Rana Plaza collapse.

Later 19 more died at the hospital. In all, the death toll stood at 1,136. 1,524 people were injured. 291 bodies were buried at Jurain Cemetery in Dhaka without identification.

Later, it was possible to identify 157 bodies.

However, the relatives of the workers killed in the accident did not get proper compensation and due to lack of proper assistance, many workers could not return to normal life due to lack of necessary treatment.

Therefore, various organizations hold various programs in different parts of the country on this day every year to demand proper compensation for the victims and execution of the culprits.

Meanwhile, in the Rana Plaza collapse, five cases have been registered against Rana, the owner of the building, his family, the previous mayor of Savar municipality and various others.

The police filed one case, the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) filed one case and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed three cases.

Rana was sentenced to three years in prison on August 29, 2016, in a non-submission case for non-submission of assets. He was sentenced to three more months in jail for non-payment of a fine of Tk 50,000.
Rana Plaza owner Sohail Rana's mother Morzina Begum was sentenced to six years in prison on March 29, 2018 in a case filed by the ACC on charges of acquiring assets other than known income and giving false information.

In addition to imprisonment, the court confiscated his assets worth Tk 6 crore 67 lakh 66 thousand 990. Besides, another case of ACC is pending on the issue of corruption related to building construction.

However, there is no progress in the trial of the main case of building collapse.

The trial began in the original case on July 18, 2016. On the same day, Dhaka District and Sessions Judge SM Quddus Zaman framed charges against the accused and ordered the commencement of the trial.

However, due to the stay order in the High Court, no testimony has been taken in this case even for a long time.

In the chargesheet, Rana was charged with murder under section 302. Of the 41 accused in the Rana Plaza collapse case, only Sohail Rana, the owner of the building, is currently in jail.

Of the remaining accused, 32 are on bail, six are absconding and two have died.

 

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8 years of Rana Plaza tragedy

 

These disasters, among the worst industrial accidents on record, awoke the world to the poor labor conditions faced by workers in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh.

For some of the lowest wages in the world, millions of people, mostly girls and women, are exposed every day to an unsafe work environment with a high incidence of work-related accidents and deaths, as well as occupational diseases. Most of the factories do not meet the standards required by building and construction legislation. As a result, deaths from fire incidents and building collapses are frequent.

 
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