Bangladesh arrests 3 in deadly factory fire

Published November 28, 2012


Three management personnel at the Bangladeshi clothing factory where 111 workers died in a fire were arrested for preventing the employees from fleeing, Dhaka newspaper The Daily Star said Wednesday.

The supervisors are accused of chaining doors shut and giving the workers false information at the outset of the blaze, the daily said, reporting on a press conference held by Dhaka police chief Habibur Rahman.

The fire, thought to have been caused by an electrical short circuit, broke out last Saturday night at the eight-story Tazreen Fashion factory in the export processing zone outside Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.

Besides the 111 fatalities, around 100 other workers were injured.

Survivors said that when the fire alarm first sounded, some supervisors told employees it was only a drill and they prevented workers from leaving.

Thousands of workers have taken to the streets of Dhaka this week to demand justice for the Tazreen victims and to protest low pay and poor working conditions in Bangladesh's textile sector.

Twenty people were hurt Wednesday when police clashed with workers who poured out of the Ha-Meem plant - which sits next to Tazreen - after an electrical short circuit.

The workers attacked neighboring factories and blocked roads, according to police. EFE