Five in custody over Bangladesh building collapse


Police in Bangladesh has arrested two clothing factory bosses based at the eight-storey building near the capital Dhaka that collapsed and killed 348 people.

Sky News reports that two engineers – Imtemam Hossain and Alam Ali – involved in approving the design of the structure have also been detained for questioning.

Junior home minister Shamsul Haque Tuku said police had arrested Bazlus Samad, managing director of New Wave Apparels Limited, and Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash, the company chairman. It is the largest of the five factories in the complex.

Police had filed a case against them for “death due to negligence”, after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the owners forced the workers to return to work after cracks appeared in the building.

The wife of Mohammed Sohel Rana – the owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza building who has not been seen since the tragedy – has also been detained.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association had asked the factories based in the structure to shut down on Wednesday morning, hours before the building came down.

“After we got the crack reports we asked them to suspend work until further examination, but they did not pay heed,” said association president Atiqul Islam.

The arrests came after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of clothing workers who took to the streets on the outskirts of Dhaka to protest over the deaths as clashes also erupted in the southeastern city of Chittagong.



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