Owner held on India border; toll 397
Savar (PTI): The death toll in the worst building collapse in the history of Bangladesh on Monday rose to 397, even as the fugitive owner of the...
Savar (PTI): The death toll in the worst building collapse in the history of Bangladesh on Monday rose to 397, even as the fugitive owner of the 8-storey structure was arrested dramatically while attempting to flee to India. Sohel Rana was arrested by the country's elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from Benapole, one of the 14 land ports with India, just as he was about to cross into West Bengal, making this afternoon's arrest the fifth in the case. "RAB arrested Sohel Rana from Benapole frontiers as he tried to flee the country," state minister for local government Jahangir Kabir Nanak told reporters. Rana was later brought from Benapole in Jessore district to the RAB headquarters in Dhaka in a helicopter and was presented before the media. "The Prime Minister had promised that those responsible will be brought to justice. She has kept her promise," Nanak said. Those who have been arrested will be prosecuted and those who are yet to be arrested will be caught soon, junior Home Minister Shamsul Haque Tuku said. The structure, that housed five garment factories, a bank branch and around three hundred shops employing thousands of workers, collapsed on April 24 leaving at least 397 people dead, a day after authorities issued a warning regarding cracks in the building. According to officials, Rana erected the building defying safety rules and proper clearance. Bangla PM visits site Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday visited suburban Savar to review the rescue works at the site where an eight-storey building collapsed last week killing nearly 400 people, even as rescuers lost hope to find more survivors after a fire broke out in the rubble. Hasina talked to the rescue officials about the progress of the salvage campaign and went to a nearby private facility and a military hospital where the critically wounded survivors were being treated.
29 Jan 2020 7:47 PM GMT