Owners' remand extended for further quizzing
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded for two more days the owners of the Rana Plaza factories that collapsed on April 24, killing at least 1,130 people.
They are Anisur Rahman, chairman of Ether Tex; Aminul Islam, chairman of Phantom Apparels Ltd and Phantom Tack Ltd; Bazlus Samad Adnan, chairman of New Wave Buttons, and Mahbubur Rahman Tapash, managing director of the factory.
The court passed the order in a case filed in connection with the disaster after they were produced before it on completion of their four-day remand granted earlier.
Bijoy Krishna Kar, assistant superintendent of police of Criminal Investigation Department and also the investigation officer of the case, in his forwarding report said he needed more time to extract further information about the incident from the accused.
Samad, Aminul and Tapash were arrested on April 27 while Anisur on April 28.
Police have so far arrested 15 people, including the building owner, Sohel Rana, and his father Abul Khalek.
WORKERS DEMAND TRANSPARENCY
The disbursement of salaries and compensation and the health services provided to the injured garment workers of Rana Plaza lack transparency, alleged Rana Plaza Garment Workers' Union yesterday.
It urged the factory owners and the government to make public the list of the workers and how much compensation had been given to each of them by launching a website and issuing public notifications.
While some injured workers received monetary assistance, there are many others who did not get even the necessary health service, let alone any compensation, leaders of the union said at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
Different organisations have made contributions to help the workers. Many government offices and garment factories have donated a day's wage of all their employees to ease the hardships of the victims, and the survivors have the right to know how the funds are being utilised and who are getting benefits, said union adviser KM Mintu.
Families of the workers, whose bodies had not been found, demanded that the government publish a list of the missing ones. They also urged the authorities to complete the DNA tests required to identify the graves of those buried for being beyond recognition.