The owner of a collapsed building in Bangladesh is facing murder charges in the deaths of at least 622 factory workers. The workers died when the building — which housed four garment factories, a bank, and numerous shops — collapsed on April 24.
The government has blamed the collapse on the building’s faulty, illegal construction. The owner of the Rana Plaza building, Mohammed Sohel Rana, was arrested four days after the disaster while he was reportedly trying to flee the country.
The wife of a garment worker killed in the incident filed the murder complaint against Rana on Sunday. Murder complaints have also been filed against the owner of one garment factory, as well as a municipal engineer in the suburb of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.
Rana and the others in police custody could face the death penalty if they are convicted of murder or mass manslaughter. Hundreds of relatives gathered at the site of the Bangladesh building collapse on Sunday, with some holding up photographs of those they lost.
A teen girl broke down in tears as she recognized the body of her mother by her dress. Fifty-three bodies were recovered from the building’s rubble on Sunday. Rescue workers reported seeing more still trapped in the rubble. Because of decomposition and injuries, authorities are having a difficult time identifying those killed in the collapse.
They have been using ID cards found on the bodies or even the victims’ mobile phones to identify them. The building collapse well surpassed the mar