Bangladesh collapsed building owner sent to 15 days custody

A Bangladesh court on Monday gave police 15 days to interrogate the owner of a building that collapsed last week,killing at least 397 people

Written by Associated Press | Savar | Published: April 30, 2013 1:12:01 am

A Bangladesh court on Monday gave police 15 days to interrogate the owner of a building that collapsed last week,killing at least 397 people,as rescuers gave up hopes of finding survivors.

Mohammed Sohel Rana,who was arrested Sunday,will be held in police custody for questioning on charges of negligence,illegal construction and forcing workers to join work. His father,Abdul Khaleque,was also arrested on suspicion of aiding Rana to force people to work in a dangerous building.

Rana was brought to the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in a bullet-proof vest,and led away to an unknown detention place after the magistrate granted a police request to hold him longer before filing formal charges. The crimes he is accused of carry a maximum punishment of seven years. More charges could be added later.

Meanwhile,in renewed anger against conditions in garment factories hundreds of workers poured into the streets in the Dhaka suburb of Ashulia and set fire to an ambulance Monday,the Independent TV network reported.

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