© Reuters. Firefighters work on the website of a fireplace that broke out on Thursday at Hashem Meals Ltd manufacturing unit in Rupganj, Narayanganj district, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
By Ruma Paul
DHAKA (Reuters) – The proprietor of a food-processing manufacturing unit in Bangladesh was arrested for homicide on Saturday over a hearth that killed 52 individuals who had been trapped contained in the constructing, police mentioned.
The six-storey manufacturing unit outdoors the capital Dhaka was constructed with out permission, in accordance with police who mentioned it had no emergency fireplace exits and lacked ample security measures.
Some staff managed to succeed in the roof and had been rescued after the constructing caught ablaze on Thursday, however many couldn’t escape, mentioned police, including that one of many doorways main from the steps to the roof was locked.
The arrested man owned personal agency Hashem Meals and Beverage, a unit of Sajeeb Group, which he additionally owned, in accordance with police.
Hashem and Sajeeb didn’t reply to requests for remark.
4 of the manufacturing unit proprietor’s sons and three firm officers had been additionally arrested over the hearth on the manufacturing unit, the place chemical substances and inflammable supplies had been saved. Firefighters had been unable to place out the blaze till late on Friday, and the reason for the hearth remains to be being investigated.
District police chief Jayedul Alam mentioned a separate investigation had been launched into allegations that the manufacturing unit employed youngsters as younger as 11.
Fires kill lots of of individuals a 12 months in Bangladesh, the place some buildings have poor security requirements, in accordance with security consultants and rights teams.
Authorities officers promised higher security requirements after the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment manufacturing unit constructing in Dhaka that killed greater than 1,000 staff and injured lots of.
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