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Sitakunda blast

Director of Sheema Oxygen put on remand

Published : 15 Mar 2023 10:21 PM | Updated : 16 Mar 2023 07:04 PM

A Chattogram court on Wednesday placed one of the directors of Seema Oxygen Limited on a one-day remand in a case over the death of seven people in a massive explosion in the oxygen plant in Sitakunda on March 4.

Chattogram Chief Judicial Magistrate KamrunNahar Rumi passed the order after hearing a petition in this regard, Jakir Hossain Mahmud, inspector of Chattogram district court, said.

He said accused Parvez Uddin Santu was produced before the court with a seven-day remand prayer but the court granted one day.

On March 4, a massive cylinder explosion and fire at Seema Oxygen Plant inKadamRasul area of the Bhatiari union of Sitakunda left seven people dead and 30 others wounded.

Rokeya Begum, the wife of Abdul Quader who died in the explosion, filed the case against 16 people, including three brothers, who own the oxygen plant.

A seven-member committee was formed by the district administration with Chattogram Additional District Magistrate Rakib Hasan as the head to investigate the blast.

The committee submitted its report to the deputy commissioner on Tuesday.

Although the details of the investigation report have not been disclosed yet, the report has given nine recommendations to prevent such incidents.

The investigation found evidence of negligence on the part of the owner in operating the factory.

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