Bangladesh factory collapse: Engineer arrested
5 May Sky News
An engineer who warned a building in Bangladesh was unsafe a day
before it collapsed has been arrested on suspicion of negligence.Details
of Abdur Razzak Khan's arrest came as the number of people killed in the
disaster passed 500, after dozens more bodies were pulled from the
The eight-storey Rana Plaza in Dhaka housed five clothing factories,
including one which made garments for Primark.Khan was a consultant for
Mohammed Sohel Rana, the building's owner, when three floors were
He was called to inspect the building when it developed cracks on
April 23 and later appeared on television, saying he had told Rana to
evacuate workers because the structure was not safe.Police ordered an
evacuation but witnesses say Rana told people gathered outside the
building on the morning of the tragedy that it was safe to go inside.
Hours later, the complex collapsed into 600 tons of rubble with
around 3,000 people inside.Lieutenant Mir Rabbi, of the Bangladeshi army
control room, said the death toll now stands at 501.More than 100 people
are still missing.
Major General Chowdhury Hassan Suhwardy, an army commander who is
supervising the rescue operation, said: "We are still proceeding
cautiously so that we get the bodies intact.Rana has also been arrested
and is expected to be charged with negligence, illegal construction and
forcing workers to join work.
The offences are punishable by a maximum of seven years in jail.