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Bangladesh accuses 17 people of breaching regulations over garment factory that collapsed

Published on Jun 15, 2014 8:24 PM
 
Crowds gather at the collapsed Rana Plaza building as people rescue garment workers trapped in the rubble, in Savar, 30km outside Dhaka in this April 24, 2013 file photo. Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed a case with the local police accusing 17 people of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year, killing over 1,130 mostly garment workers. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed a case with the local police accusing 17 people of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year, killing over 1,130 mostly garment workers.

The April 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, ranks among the world's worst industrial accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety standards in the world's second-largest exporter of ready-made garments.

The accused include the parents of Mohammad Sohel Rana - the individual previously cited as the owner of Rana Plaza - as well as a local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment factories that used the building.

They do not include Rana himself, who was arrested after a four-day hunt shortly after the building collapsed, apparently trying to flee across the border to India.

 
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