Dhaka -The High Court has issued an order asking the government to confiscate the bank accounts of the owner of the packaging factory where a devastating fire kills 39 people, officials said.
The bench comprised of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das asked the authorities concerned to freeze the bank accounts of Syed Mokbul Hussain, chairman of Tampaco Foils Limited, as he remained absconding after the tragedy.
A fire broke out at the factory in Tongi, about 20 kilometers north of Dhaka, on September 10. The entire factory building was collapsed after the fire.
The court’s order came more than two weeks after the accident as the rights groups filed a petition with the High Court seeking compensation for the fire victims.
The court also asked the government to pay the workers’ salaries, arrears and benefits as they were lost lives in the fire due the factory owner’s the ‘negligence’.
The court further ordered the factory authorities to submit a report within a month on how much money was spent on this purpose.
The HC bench also served a ruling asking the government and the factory authorities to explain why they should not be ordered to provide sufficient compensation to the victims.
At least 39 people have been killed and eleven others were missing until Monday.
Two cases have been sued in connection with the incident but lawmen are yet to capture anyone involved in the case.
The Tampaco Foils factory produces packaging for tobacco and other consumer products. British American Tobacco and Nestle are among its clients, as posted on the website of the company.
Accidents in Bangladeshi factories, which mostly produce clothing, packaging and textiles, are common thanks to lax implementation of regulations.
A fire at Tazreen Fashion factory in late 2012 killed at least 112 workers. More than 1,100 people were killed and 2,500 injured after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building which housed five garment factories on April 24, 2013.