A Dhaka court on Thursday fixed May 15 for framing charges in the murder case filed in connection with the collapse of Rana Plaza building that claimed lives of 1,136 garment workers.The District and Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka set the new date after taking the allegations into cognizance. Judge SM Kuddus Zaman also rejected the bail pleas of Sohel Rana, the owner of the building.
The eight-storied building that housed five garment factories, a shopping complex and a branch of BRAC Bank, collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing over 1,136 people, mostly female workers, and injuring over 2,500 others. It was built on a swamp and some of its upper floors were added illegally.
A total of 1,117 bodies were recovered from the spot of Savar after the incident. Later, 19 seriously injured garment workers died during their medical treatment in different hospitals. Besides, of the injured, 78 ultimately have become disabled. The dead bodies of 844 workers were handed over to the kith and kin of the victims.
On June 1, last year, over two years after the incident, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police submitted two charge sheets of the cases to the court against 42 people, including the owner Sohel Rana. Of the accused persons, 17 are common in the two charge sheets submitted by the CID. Of the two cases- one was filed for murder while the other was filed under the building construction code.