Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday ordered immediate arrest of Sohel Rana, the owner of ‘Rana Plaza’, along with the owners of five garment factories that were housed in the building which collapsed Wednesday morning leaving over 300 people killed.The Prime Minister gave the directive to the concerned law enforcing agencies, said PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad.
Earlier on Thursday, the Prime Minister informed Parliament that the government will find out the garment factory owners who had forced the workers to enter into the Rana Plaza knowing that the building was in grave danger.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Thursday suspended the membership of the five readymade garment (RMG) factories in connection with Wednesday’s Rana Plaza collapse in Savar.
These factories are Ether Tex Ltd., New Wave Bottoms Ltd, New Wave Style Ltd, Phantom Apparels Ltd, and Phantom Tac Ltd.
The building, ‘Rana Plaza’, which developed cracks on Tuesday morning, collapsed all of a sudden with a big bang around 9.00 am on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, two days after the disastrous collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza, the hope for the rescue of the trapped people was fading fast due to the slow pace in rescue operation as the death toll continues to go up taking its to 304 till Friday afternoon.UNB