Owner among 42 indicted in Rana Plaza collapse

Owner among 42 indicted in Rana Plaza collapse

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police on Monday afternoon submitted two separate charge sheets against 42 people, including owner Sohel Rana of Rana Plaza, in two cases filed after the factory collapse of the building and that left 1,136 people killed on April 24, 2013.
CID Senior ASP Bijoykrishna Kar submitted the charge sheets to the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court at pm on Monday. Of the two cases, one was filed for killing the people while the other for violating building code. The nine-storied building housed a number of readymade garment factories.Following the collapse of Rana plaza on April 24, 2013, Savar Police Station’s Sub-Inspector Wali Ashraf Khan filed a case against Rana, his father Abdul Khalek and the owners of the garment factories housed in Rana plaza for involuntarily causing loss of lives and damages.
On the same day, capital development authority, Rajuk official Md Helal Uddin filed another case against Rana for violating building code. The CID charged Rana and 41 others for killing the people and injuring many others, while 18 were charged for violation of building code. Of them, the names of 17 are common in both the cases.
A total of 594 people were made prosecution witnesses in one case while 130 are witnesses in the other case. Among the accused, 25 including 13 government officials were shown fugitive. To include their names in the charge sheets, permission from the Government is a necessity.
Of the slain people killed most were readymade garment workers. The building collapse is considered to be the deadliest garment factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. – Court Correspondent

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