Bangladesh court accepts charge sheet over industrial disaster

Dhaka, Dec 21 (IANS) A Bangladesh court on Monday accepted the Criminal Investigation Department’s charge sheet in the murder case filed in connection with the country’s worst-ever industrial tragedy.

At least 1,131 people were killed when an eight-storey building — Rana Plaza on the outskirts of capital Dhaka — housing five garment factories collapsed on April 24, 2013, Xinhua reported.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Al Amin on Monday accepted the charge sheet against 41 people, including Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, who were charged with murder over the tragedy.

Among the accused, Rana is the only one in custody awaiting trial, while 16 others are on bail and the remaining 24 are absconding.

The court also issued arrest warrant against the absconding 24 and asked authorities to submit a report of compliance in this regard on January 27 next.

The CID submitted the charge sheet in June this year.

There were claims that the owner did not take necessary permits from relevant authorities during construction of the building.

He also assured the owners of the factories on the day of the tragedy that there was no problem despite cracks having been detected a day earlier.

The Rana Plaza building collapse revived questions about the commitments of factory owners and their global buyers to providing safe working conditions for the workers in Bangladesh’s largest export sector.

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