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Bangladesh arrest three factory managers over blaze

Published on Nov 28, 2012 3:40 PM
 
The graveyard, where the bodies of some of the victims of a deadly fire in a garment factory are due to be buried, is pictured in Dhaka on Nov 27, 2012. Bangladesh police have arrested three managers of the factory where the blaze killed 110 people, following claims they stopped workers from leaving the plant saying an alarm was just a routine fire drill. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police have arrested three managers of a factory where a blaze killed 110 people, following claims they stopped workers from leaving the plant saying an alarm was just a routine fire drill.

Dhaka police chief Habibur Rahman told AFP Wednesday the managers were arrested overnight after charges that they told panicked workers of Tazreen Fashion they had nothing to worry about when the fire started on Saturday night.

"All three are mid-level managers of Tazreen. Survivors told us that they did not allow the workers to escape the fire, saying that it was a routine fire drill. There are also allegations that they even padlocked doors," he said.

Survivors and witnesses told AFP how workers, most of them women, tried to escape the burning factory, which supplied clothes to international brands including Walmart, European chain C&A and the Hong Kong-based Li & Fung company.

 
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