The High Court (HC) on Monday sought a list of the victims who were still missing following the Rana Plaza collapse at Savar. The nine-storey ‘Rana Plaza’ that housed five garment factories collapsed on April 24 leaving at least 1,127 killed while more than 2,500 have been found injured till today and several hundred is still missing since during the collapse several thousand people were trapped inside the building. The HC has directed to prepare the list of the victims on the basis of identity cards, photos, appointment letters and other relevant documents collected from their near and dear ones.
Administrator of Dhaka and local administrator and the chief inspector of the garments factories have been asked to submit the victim list within seven days. It also directed the acting Mayor of Savar municipality to submit all records and documents of the collapsed Rana Plaza within seven days.
The HC bench comprising Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Md Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the directives during the hearing of a rule issued on April 30 following the collapse of Rana Plaza at Savar.
The HC also asked the RAJUK authority to submit a report before it within a week on how it had approved the design of Rana Plaza. It also asked the government to submit a report before it on what step it has taken against the responsible people over the collapse of Rana Plaza. It also fixed May 21 for passing an order after receiving the list of missing victims.
The HC today heard on four separate writ petitions that were filed following the Rana Plaza collapse incident.
Dr Kamal Hossian, Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah, Advocate KM Saifuddin, Barrister Sara Hossain and Dr Eunus Ali Akond took part in the hearing, among others.
-With The Independent input