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03:53 PM, December 01, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:58 PM, December 01, 2013

BGMEA demands arrest of Gazipur arsonists

The raging fire destroyed all equipment inside a RMG unit of Standard Group. Photo: Star The raging fire destroyed all equipment inside a RMG unit of Standard Group. Photo: Star

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has given the government seven days to arrest the masterminds and attackers behind the sabotage at the apparel factory of Standard Group in Konabari of Gazipur.

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"The attackers responsible for the fire have to be identified and brought to justice within seven days," said Atiqul Islam, president of the apex trade body for garment exporters, at his Karwan Bazar office in the city today.

The briefing came after an emergency meeting where top leaders of all garment sector related associations, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh, Bangladesh Insurance Association and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry were present.

The meeting condemned the act of sabotage at the factory early Friday.

The fire has caused the company at least a loss of Tk 1,200 crore in financial damages.

The meeting also urged the government and other stakeholders, including banks and insurance companies to come forward to help rehabilitate the group, which employs 19,000 workers alone in its affected unit.

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