A Dhaka court took cognisance of a murder case against Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and two others yesterday, hours after it was filed by the wife of a garment worker who died in the building collapse in Savar.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh passed the order, directing the investigation officer of the case to merge it with an earlier murder case and investigate. The earlier one was filed by police on the day of the collapse.
The other two accused are Bazlus Samad Adnan, owner of garment factory New Wave Style that was housed in the building, and the chief engineer of Savar municipality.
The name of the engineer could not be known immediately.
Sheuli Akter, widow of Jahangir Alam whose body was recovered on April 24, the day Rana Plaza came crashing down, filed the case with the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court of Dhaka.
In her complaint, Sheuli said Rana and two factory owners led at least 622 garment workers, including her husband, to death in a way that was pre-planned because the building had been declared risky the day before the building caved in.
With this, Rana has so far been accused in five cases in connection with the collapse.
Of the five cases, two have been filed with Savar Model Police Station and two others under the labour act.