Rana on 12-day fresh remand, engineer sent to jail

The Detective Branch (DB) of police on Wednesday sought another 12 days’ fresh remand of Md Sohel Rana, owner of the Rana Plaza to a Dhaka court in two separate cases.DB police inspector Wahiduzzaman Molla filed a remand petition with Dhaka’s Chief Judicial Magistrate Court seeking Rana’s 7-days’ fresh remand in an arms case while Sub-inspector Touhidul Islam sought a five-day remand in a drug-case.
Additional Public Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul has told this correspondent that as Rana is on 15 days’ remand in the cases filed in connection with building collapse, the hearing on the present remand pleas will be held on the day, Rana will be produced before the on completion of the earlier granted remand. Senior Judicial Magistrate Tayabul Hassan gave the order on Wednesday.
It has been learnt that Rana has admitted to the DB police about his possession of illegal arms and phensidyl and following this admission, a foreign made pistol, 5 rounds of bullet and 5 bottle phensidyl were recovered from Rana Bricks Office at Kalampur of Dhamrai Upazila.
On May 6, DB police inspector Mir Shahen Shah Parvez filed the two cases with Dhamrai Police Station.
Rana was arrested on April 28 from Benapole of Jessore, when he was trying to flee to India.
On April 29, a Dhaka court granted 15 days’ remand of Rana in two separate cases and those remands are yet to be completed.
Mwanwhile, a court of Dhaka on Wednesday sent the chief engineer of Rana Plaza Abdur Razzak to on completion of his four-day remand.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh passed the order.
On Thursday, the Detective Branch (DB) arrested Razzak from his Savar residence and then he was placed on remand.
On April 23, Razzak admitted to the media about the crack of Rana Plaza building.
The death toll in the incident climbed to 800 on Wednesday till writing this news story. The eight-storied building on the outskirts of Dhaka city collapsed on April 24 injuring seriously over 1000 other people. This is the biggest tragedy in the history of the garments industry in the country and arguably the biggest one in the history of the world.
(Court Correspondent)

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