Hasina at a meeting with industry leaders asked that the owners surrender to
police and warned of acting tough if they did not.
Some two hours later,
Mahbubur Rahman Tapas and Bazlul Samad Adnan, owners of New Weave Bottoms and
New Weave Style, respectively, turned themselves in at the BGMEA Bhaban in the
early hours of Saturday.
The Prime Minister herself had earlier in the
day ordered the arrest and prosecution of the suspected culprits, including the
owner of the building,
“We had urged them to surrender. After they
appeared here (BGMEA Bhaban), the Detective Branch of police arrested them at
around 12:30am and took them away,” BGMEA President Md Atiqul Islam told
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police (Dhaka range) Md
Nuruzzaman confirmed bdnews24.com that the detectives had arrested the
Police are looking for Aminul Islam of Phantom Apparels and Phantom
Tac Bangladesh Ltd, and Anisur Rahman of Ethertex Textiles who are on the run.
All the five factories had allegedly forced their employees to work on Wednesday
even though the multistory developed big cracks.
Late on Friday night,
the leaders of BGMEA and BKMEA went to see Hasina at her official Ganabhaban
residence two days after the collapse of the nine-storey block.
BGMEA President Abdus Salam Murshedy told reporters after the meeting, three
owners of the five garment factories would surrender at midnight.
of the export-focused industry discussed the issue of arrest of the building
owner and owners of the clothing factories that used in the huge
They also talked about compensation for the deceased and
As the BGMEA promised to immediately provide Tk 50
million to the families of the deceased and injured in compensation, the Prime
Minister told them to increase the damages.
Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan
Alamgir, State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian and Chairman
of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Labour Israfil Alam
were also present at the meeting.
Earlier in the day, leaders of the
apparel bodies decided to shut all factories on Saturday and Sunday in the wake
of labour unrest and vandalism following the worst-ever case of industrial
The death toll climbed to 307 as rescuers look for last
survivors under debris two days after the huge structure, which developed cracks
on Tuesday, came crushing down suddenly at this suburban township.
of the victims were garment workers while the building housed five readymade
garment factories alongside 300 shops with nearly 5,000 workers.
residents say some 3,500 people were working on that day.
pulled out more than 2,348 people alive from the ruins so far but fear that the
number of victims would go up sharply as many people still remained trapped
under the debris for over 60 hours.
They have come up with a list of 761
people who are unaccounted for.
Many survivors alleged that the owners of
their factories forced them to go back to work on Wednesday morning against
Sohel Rana, a Senior Joint Convenor of Awami League’s youth
front Juba League’s Savar municipality unit, has been on the run since the
Police and RAJUK filed two lawsuits with the Savar Police
Station on Wednesday night accusing Rana and the owners of the garment units
owners of the garment factories for the loss of lives and damages.
High Court on Thursday ordered the OC of Savar Police Station to ensure personal
appearance of Rana and the Chairmen and Managing Directors of all garment
factories on Apr 30 before the court.
Angry over the deaths in Savar
building collapse, garment workers laid siege to the BGMEA building and blocked
roads in the capital on Thursday, demanding immediate arrest of
Workers in Ashulia, Savar, Gazipur and Narayanganj blocked highways
and carried out vandalism protesting the death of co-workers, forcing the
factories in the areas closed for the day.
For the second day on Friday,
thousands of garment workers vandalised over 100 vehicles in Dhaka disrupting
traffic on several city streets for hours.
In the face of the demands of
the labour organisations, the BGMEA on Thursday suspended the membership of five
factories that were housed in Rana Plaza.