Aggrieved families have demanded immediate compensation for the victims of a devastating inferno in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar last year.
They also urged the authorities to relocate Old Dhaka’s chemicals factories and warehouses be relocated to a safer location, says a bdnews24.com report.
The demands were made during a media briefing marking the first anniversary of the Churihatta tragedy in front of Wahed Mansion—the scene of the deadly fire on Feb 20 last year which left 71 people dead.
“A year has passed since the Churihatta tragedy but we haven’t had anyone inquire about the state of the dead, the injured and their families nor have we received any assistance from the government,” said MA Rahim, who lost two loved ones in the fire.
“The helpless families are having to sell off their land and homes to survive.”
The government was also called on to provide free treatment for the injured, education expenses of the children of the dead, economic aid to businessmen affected by the fire and funds to renovate Wahed Mansion.
It came after Dhaka South Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Thursday pledged to offer financial support and jobs to the families of 31 people who died in the tragedy.