currently out on bail granted on the condition that he would clear his workers’
Delwar had been arrested after a devastating fire at Tuba-owned
Tazreen Fashions killed more than a hundred workers in 2012.
He said at a
conference in Dhaka on Sunday: “If I get a soft loan of Tk 250 or 300 million,
I’ll be able to reopen the factories that will be able to produce US $4/5
million worth of exportable goods.”
Delwar claimed a financial crisis had
forced the closure of his factories. But, according to media reports, he had
shut down Tuba Textile, Tayeb design, Mita Design, Bookshan Garments and Tuba
Fashions on August 18 on the pretext of labour unrest.
claimed that Delwar deliberately delayed their payments in order to get
Earlier, police had charged baton on Tuba Group workers on
hunger-strike and cleared the factory compound on Aug 7. Workers’ payments were
later made under BGMEA mediation.
Delwar, who was behind bars for the
Tazreen Fashions fire, got bail from the High Court after promising to pay his
workers’ pending wages.
Delwar also said, “I’ve no more property to sell.
Since my release, I sold a printing press built on 18 kathas (about 12,960 sq
ft) of land, a 9-katha (6,480 sq ft) land and all the machines of the press. I
got Tk 50.38 million, of which Tk 30 million went in loan repayment to leasing
companies and the rest was spent to pay the salaries of workers. I still have a
debt of Tk 5 million.”
On reopening some few factories, the Tuba owner
said: “If I can’t start all the factories, things will further
He also urged other RMG owners to employ the workers of the
closed Tuba Group.