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Ctg fire: Families give DNA samples hoping to at least see missing beloved’s body

After looking for her husband, who has been missing since the BM Container Depot fire, with dreary eyes Reshmi finally stood in line for DNA sample submission at Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Monday.

She was holding her three-month old son Rihad, while her three-year-old, Rihan, was holding her left hand as she waited to enlist her husband Shahajahan.

Shahjahan was a covered van driver who went missing on Saturday night when a massive fire broke out at BM Container Depot in Sitakunda upazila.

As the UNB reporter approached her she broke down in tears saying “I talked with him last on Saturday night over phone. He said he was driving to Bhatiari.”

Reshmi, a housewife who used to live with her husband and two kids at Nazirhat area in Fatikchhari upazila, had never thought her fate would turn like this overnight.

“He visited that depot many times before but this time he did not return. I have been looking for him showing his photo with my two kids since the fire," she said.

“Don’t know if I will get him back alive. Even if I find the body that will be solace now,” said Reshmi.

Meanwhile, Hemayetullah, a disheartened father from South Hatia upazila in Noakhali came to give a DNA sample for his 20-year-old missing son Mainuddin, after looking for him everywhere with a photograph for two days.

“He was showing me the blaze in a video call but after a while we could not contact him anymore. He went to Chattogram BM Container Depot carrying some goods from Ashulia in his covered van,” he said while crying.

Ctg fire: Families give DNA samples hoping to at least see missing beloved’s body Relatives of Md Rasel, 20, from Nangalkot upazila in Cumilla, who used to work as a vehicle wiring mechanic at the depot, also crowded the DNA sample collection center.

After running from one hospital to another for two days, now they are waiting in serial to give a DNA sample to at least know the whereabouts of their beloved family member, even if it means they are dead.

Many were seen still continuing the search in front of CMCH sticking a photograph of their missing relative on their chests.

From Monday morning to noon DNA samples of 12 people were collected for eight missing people at the booth set up for DNA sample collection by Chattogram district police, in front of the emergency unit of CMCH next to the ‘help cell’ of the district administration.

Meanwhile, firefighters continued their operation on Monday to douse the deadly blaze at BM Container Depot, that so far claimed 50 lives and left several hundred wounded.

Source: United News of Bangladesh