Chance of sabotage in Sitakunda fire to ruin the joy of Padma Setu inauguration is being probed: Information Minister
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, June 7: After visiting Sitakunda, Information Minister and Joint General Secretary of Awami League Dr. Hasan Mahmud said that it was being investigated whether the fire and explosion at the container depot at Sitakunda was a sabotaged to thwart the joy created by the announcement of Padma Setu inauguration date.
He said that the government was looking into the incident to confirm whether it was a mere accident, or a sabotage intending to tarnish the image of the country and its export trade.
On Monday, the Information Minister visited the BM Container Depot at Sitakunda in Chittagong. From there he went to Chittagong Medical College (CMC) Hospital to visit the injured in the depot blast. After inquiring about the treatment in the burn unit, the minister said these to the journalists.
Dr. Hassan said, "As you know, after the construction of the Padma Setu and the announcement of the date of inauguration of the bridge, an attempt is being made to create chaos in the country. There has been chaos in some places. In order to divert the attention of the people, it is being investigated whether there is any sabotage behind the Sitakunda incident."
At the same time, pointing out the flaws in some media reports about the ownership of the depot, the Information Minister said, “Some media, television and newspapers have reported that this container depot belongs to an Awami League leader. I found out that the ownership of this depot of Awami League leader Mujibur Rahman is only five percent. Those, who are trying to show it as a depot of an Awami League leader for having only five percent holdings in it, are spreading false and misleading information."
"Immediately after the accident occurred, the Prime Minister directed the administration of the government and the leaders and workers of our party at all levels to jump in for whatever needs to be done. According to the directive, civil administration, medical college hospitals and private hospitals have come forward. I thank them. And our leaders and activists have jumped on the bandwagon, rescuing the injured and the dead from the crash site. That's why there is no shortage of blood for those who need blood, there is no shortage of body-fluids, even if they could have been lacking in such a big accident, but there is no shortage because everyone has come forward," he said.