Senior Correspondent: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said BNP’s propaganda to make the government responsible for Wednesday’s fire in city’s Chawkbazar is totally nonsense and unacceptable.
He made the remark while talking to reporters after inaugurating the biennial conference of Obhinoy Shilpi Shongho at Shilpakala Academy auditorium in Dhaka on Friday.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the conference, Hasan said, “BNP burnt people alive in the past in the name of anti-government movement and that’s why Begum Zia or Fakhrul Islam, as the leaders of the party, must take the responsibility for that. They cannot avoid the responsibility as those were not accidents but incidents.”
Hasan, also the publicity and publication secretary of the ruling Awami league, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina passed a sleepless night during the fire and gave directives in tackling the situation. “The opposition party should stand by the government in addressing such situation,” he added.
In reply to a question, he said a committee is conducting an investigation into the fire incident and the reason behind the deadly inferno would be revealed after the probe.
Mentionable, a devastating fire incident took place in old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area around 10.30 pm on Wednesday that claimed 67 lives, including children and women.
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