Target: Bijoy Krishna Kar, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bangladesh Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
Goal: Commend the pressing of murder charges against the negligent owner responsible for worker deaths in a factory collapse
Almost a year ago, a devastating loss shook Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka when the collapse of a nine-story garment factory resulted in the deaths of 1,135 workers, the most catastrophic disaster in the history of Bangladeshi industry. Survivors said after the tragedy that it was entirely preventable, and that many of them had approached supervisors about cracks they noticed appearing in the walls of the factory and expressed concern for their own and others’ safety. However, they were told by management that the building had passed inspection (which was a blatant lie) and that if they refused to stay and work in the factory, their pay would be docked. The owner of the factory complex, Mohammed Sohel Rana, attempted to leave the country days later but was discovered and arrested on the Bangladeshi-Indian border.
The CID has been amassing evidence and investigating the disaster for just about a year without much by way of comment. Finally the Assistant Superintendent of Police and lead investigator Bijoy Krishna Kar announced that the department will be pressing murder charges against Rana and several others implicated in the tragedy, including Rana’s father (a co-owner) and five supervisors at factories in the same complex, though Rana will be receiving the heftiest charges. Another CID investigator working on the case, Habibur Rahman, told AFP, “Our investigation is almost over. We wanted to wrap up our work before the first anniversary of the tragedy on 24 April but even writing up the case notes has proved to be a huge task…We hope we can press the charges by next month.”
By signing this petition, you are thanking the CID for accumulating the evidence of negligence on the part of Rana and the factory bosses who also refused to listen to the concerns of workers. You are encouraging them to pursue justice for those killed and their families, so that another tragedy like this one never occurs.
Dear Assistant Superintendent Kar and the Criminal Investigation Department,
As you know, the tragedy of the garment factory collapse that killed 1,135 Bangladeshis represents a disturbing trend among big business owners of prioritizing their bottom line over worker safety. Those responsible for this catastrophe by their negligence cannot be allowed to escape punishment, in order to prevent another similar incident. This is why the work you are doing to collect ample evidence of their guilt is so important.
Thank you for working tirelessly over the last year to demonstrate the culpability of the factory owners and bosses who ignored workers’ safety concerns. I urge you to continue fighting for justice for the injured and killed workers and their families, who might find peace in the fact that those responsible have not caused their injuries and the deaths of their loved ones with impunity.
[Your Name Here]
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