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19 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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One of fire-hit FR Tower owners held

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday arrested Tasvir Ul Islam, one of the owners of the fire-ravaged FR Tower at Banani in Dhaka, in connection with a case filed over adding illegal floors to the building by forging the original design of the structure. A team of the anti-graft watchdog, led by its deputy sirector Md Abu Bakr Siddiquue, arrested Tasvir at Segunbagicha, ACC spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told The Independent.

Tasvir, a BNP central committee member, is the managing director and chief executive officer of Quasem Drycells Ltd, which had its offices in the building and owned three floors of the 23-storey building.

On June 25, Abu Bakar Siddiqui had filed two cases against 23 people over irregularities and corruption regarding the construction of FR Tower in Banani. The cases were filed with the ACC’s coordinated district office at Dhaka-1.

BNP leader Tasvir and Rupayan Group chairman Liaquat Ali Khan Mukul were named in the cases. Tasvir is also the chairman of the steering committee of FR Tower.

Around 25 people were killed and 73 others injured in the massive fire that broke out in the FR Tower on March 27.

According to Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), the FR Tower did not have permission for its top four floors and there was no fire-protected staircase in the 22-storey building that housed dozens of offices.

Multiple inquiries were opened to probe the incident and determine the ones responsible for the design malpractice that resulted in the fire tragedy. On July 30, the ACC arrested Rajuk assistant director Shah Md Badrul Alam in the same case.

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