Fire at B’desh warehouse continues for third day
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 14:33
  
Dhaka: The fire that erupted in an industrial area three days ago continued to burn hundreds of tones of books at a government complex amid growing suspicion of sabotage behind the blaze.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina termed the fire that broke out on Sunday at the National Curriculum and Textbook Board warehouse in Tejgaon industrial area, as the biggest challenge of her government after the February mutiny by paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) border force.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told Samokal newspaper that "this is visibly a case of sabotage" while a Prime Minister's spokesman told that Hasina has ordered fresh textbooks to be printed so that schools could start the new academic year from January 2010.

"The government for the first time was preparing to distribute all school textbooks free of cost which affected the interest of many quarters, a situation which is likely to have a link with the blaze," he said.

Over a dozen fire tenders are battling the blaze with Army’s and Navy's help. At least 10 people were injured in the incident.

"The fire already burnt hundreds of tones of books while the blaze is still on," a textbook board official told.

Bureau Report


First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 14:33


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