(DHAKA, Bandladesh) — Two owners of garment factories in the building that collapsed in the Bangladeshi capital were arrested after turning themselves in to the authorities on Saturday, according to BBC News.
Mahbubur Rahman Tapas and Balzul Samad Adnan are accused of “death due to negligence,” having ignored warnings about cracks in the building. They reportedly forced their workers to go back to work despite visible damage to the structure.
Tapas and Adnan are the owners of the New Wave Bottoms and New Wave Style factories. Officials say there were three other garment factories operating out of the building.
The owner of the Rana Plaza building, Mohammed Sohel Rana, has reportedly gone into hiding.
“Wherever he is, he will be found and brought to justice,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Those who’re involved, especially the owner who forced the workers to work there, will be punished.”
At least 336 people are known to have died in the collapse. BBC News reports that 24 people were rescued from the rubble Saturday morning.
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