28 January 2011

Bangladesh ShipBreaking: Sitakunda Police Station OC show-caused

The High Court has asked the Sitakunda police chief to explain why there were no cases over the death of four workers in an explosion at a ship breaking yard on Jan 18.

A bench of the court on Thursday ordered the police officer, Noor Mohammad, to appear before the court with the explanation on Feb 6.

The bench of justices A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Mohammad Zakir Hossain ordered Bangladesh explosives department inspector general to inform on Feb 26 whether the shipyard, Mac International Corporation, had secured its environment and gas-free clearances.

It also ordered the environment department director general to inform whether the shipyard had a license.

Earlier, the bench ordered the shipyard's owner, Abul Qasem Master, to remain standing inside the courtroom for four and half hours for defying court orders.

On Jan 19, just a day after the death of four workers, the High Court summoned Qasem as he violated a previous order to stop activities of ship breaking yards at Sitakunda until further notice.

Source: bdnews24.com. Thu, Jan 27th, 2011  

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