Bangladesh building collapse: Arrests made (VIDEO)


Bangladeshi Army personnel and civilian volunteers work on the scene at a building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, April 24, 2013. An eight-story building containing several garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and highlighting safety problems in the clothing industry. Armed with concrete cutters and cranes, hundreds of fire service and army rescue workers struggled to find survivors in the mountain of concrete and mangled steel, which resembled the aftermath of an earthquake.


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Arrests have been made following the collapse of an eight-story building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, including two garment factory owners.

Reports vary on how many were arrested, but all agree that two garment factory owners were among those apprehended.

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"We've arrested Bazlus Samad, the chairman of New Wave Buttons and New Wave Style factories, and Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash, a managing director of one of these plants, after midnight," deputy chief of Dhaka police Shyaml Mukherjee told Agence France-Presse.

Al Jazeera said a third person was arrested alongside the two building owners, naming an engineer who was responsible for maintenance of the building, which killed more than 300 people when it collapsed after owners failed to evacuate its factories the day before at the request of police, who found cracks in the building during an inspection.

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CNN reported that eight people were arrested in connection with the collapse, including a second engineer and several relatives of the owners.

It is not yet clear if anyone has been charged.

Rescuers found yesterday another 50 survivors of the collapse on the building's third floor. There were also reports that a woman gave birth while under the debris. Both the mother and baby were rescued.