Director of the industrial police Mostafizur Rahman on Wednesday blamed the garment factory owners for the Savar house collapse tragedy, as they were operating their units ignoring the cracks spotted in the ill-fated building on Tuesday.
At least 80 people were killed and more
than 800 others injured when the nine-storied building collapsed earlier in the
“The industrial police had asked the owners of the factories to
suspend operations after cracks were noticed yesterday (Tuesday) in Rana Plaza.
We had asked them to operate the factories only after a structural inspection by
BUET engineers,” Rahman told journalists.
“But the factories owners
ignored our directives and decided to reopen their units on Wednesday,” he
In the past also owners have been blamed for pushing workers to
danger in garment factories.
The ground and first floors of the plaza had
shops selling electronic goods, computers, perfumes and garments, and also
housed a branch of the Brac Bank.
On the second floor was New Wave
Bottoms Limited, Phantom Apparels Ltd on the third floor, Phantom Tack Ltd was
located on the fourth floor and Ethar Textile Ltd on the fifth.
and locals said around 6,000 workers used to work in these
Relatives of the workers who rushed to the disaster site were
also blaming owners of the building as well as the factories for the
Many injured workers also alleged the owners had forced them to
join work on Wednesday.
“None of us wanted to enter the building. Our
bosses forced us,” Nurul Islam, an injured worker being treated at the Enam
Medical College Hospital said.
Rahman said many more were trapped under
the debris. “A committee will be formed to find out who were responsible for the
Earlier in the day, chief of Standing Committee on the Labour
Ministry Md Israfil Alam urged everyone to focus on rescue efforts. “Right now,
we should concentrate on rescue work without indulging in blame game,” he
He, however, assured that those responsible for the collapse would
be brought to book.
Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir also visited the
spot and assured legal action against those responsible for the
Local administration officials had also visited the building on
Tuesday after the cracks were noticed.
Engineer Abdur Razzak had said the
building needed to be examined by structural experts from the BUET for safety.
He had also forewarned of a possible collapse.
The building’s owner, who
is also the joint convenor of Savar municipal unit Juba League, youth wing of
the Awami League, Md Sohel Rana had told bdnews24.com on the day that the cracks
were not serious.
Fire fighters, four teams of army, police, RAB and
locals have joined the rescue operation.