Share this article Share His father, Abdul Khaleque, was also arrested on suspicion of aiding Rana to force people to work in a dangerous building. Emergency workers hauling large concrete slabs from the scene of the catastrophe - Bangladesh's worst ever industrial accident - said today they expect to find many dead bodies when they reach the ground floor.
Hundreds of bystanders remain at the site, waiting for news of missing relatives, holding their pictures and identity cards as they watch cranes lifting sections of ceilings and floors from the rubble. Emergency workers in hard hats used drilling and cutting machines to break up the slabs into manageable pieces. Property tycoon Sohel Rana was arrested by Bangladesh police while apparently trying to flee the country over the collapse of the Primark garment factory Mahmud Ali of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society said many more bodies are believed trapped under the rubble of the building, judging by stench of decomposing flesh.
Ratna Akhtar, looking for her husband at a nearby school ground turned makeshift morgue, cried: At least I want to see his dead body if not alive. Bosses at high street giant Primark have said they will pay compensation to the families of their workers who were killed and injured in the accident. The budget clothing chain occupied a floor of the eight-storey building, and some of the workers injured and killed in the incident worked for a company that supplied the brand.
Still working through the night: Emergency workers hauling large concrete slabs from the scene of the catastrophe said today they expect to find many dead bodies when they reach the ground floor Catastrophe: The eight storeys of the illegally constructed Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap last Wednesday, trapping thousands of workers from five garment factories inside Roughly 2, workers have been accounted for so far - about 2, survivors and the dead.
It is not clear how many people worked in other offices in the building which also housed a bank and many shops. Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan, chief of the fire brigade at the scene, said there was now little hope of finding anyone else alive. But no one was seen alive,' he said.
In another sign no more survivors are expected, the waiting ambulances that had rushed the rescued to hospitals since the start of the disaster are now gone. Police say as many as people are still missing in the aftermath of the collapse. This woman is one of nine survivors who were pulled from the rubble yesterday Hope: A survivor is carried into an ambulance while surrounded by onlookers, after being rescued from the garment factory building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh Rana, the building's owner, was yesterday brought to the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrates' Court in a bullet-proof vest, and led away to an unknown detention place after the magistrate granted a police request to hold him longer before filing formal charges.
The crimes he is accused of carry a maximum punishment of seven years. More charges could be added later. Rana had permission to build a five-storey building but added three more floors illegally. Huge cracks had appeared in the building on April 23 but Rana told tenants it was safe to go in. In a statement released on its website, a Primark spokesman said: This initiative began in Bangladesh immediately when the extent of the disaster became clear.
This will include the provision of long-term aid for children who have lost parents, financial aid for those injured and payments to the families of the deceased.
Ruth Tanner, campaigns and policy director at the anti-poverty charity War on Want, said: But managers of the garment factories on the upper floors told workers to continue their shifts. Police have also arrested four owners of three factories. The death toll in last Wednesday's collapse has already surpassed a fire five months ago that killed people and brought widespread pledges to improve worker-safety standards.
But since then, very little has changed in Bangladesh. Hundreds of angry workers poured into the streets in the Dhaka suburb of Ashulia and set fire to an ambulance yesterday, the Independent TV network reported. They also tried to set fire to a factory, it said. The authorities shut down all garment factories in the Ashulia and Gazipur industrial suburbs, including one that had reportedly developed cracks and was evacuated earlier. Bangladesh's garment industry was the third-largest in the world in , after China and Italy, having grown rapidly in the past decade.
Altogether, they produced several million shirts, pants and other garments a year. The New Wave companies, according to their website, make clothing for several major North American and European retailers. Primark has acknowledged it was using a factory in Rana Plaza. It said in a statement yesterday that it is providing emergency aid and will pay compensation to victims who worked for its supplier. We are fully aware of our responsibility.
We urge these other retailers to come forward and offer assistance,' it said. Canadian company Loblaw, which also got its Joe Fresh clothing line made in Rana Plaza, said it will ensure that victims and their families 'receive benefits now and in the future.