Bangladeshi authorities Wednesday arrested three supervisors of the garment factory that burned down in a suburb of Dhaka earlier this week. The fire killed more than 120 people.
The blaze has drawn attention to the substandard and often dangerous working conditions in the country’s clothing factories. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Parliament that there was enough evidence that the fire was caused by arson, suggesting the same Islamist extremists who burned several Buddhist temples in the southern portion of the country were responsible.
A Dhaka court allowed police to interrogate three supervisors at the Tazreen Fashions factory that burned down, reported BDNews24.
Police accused the three men of stopping workers from running to safety. The accused, however, claimed that they were not at fault and that they could have died as well. The three will be held five days for questioning.
“One factory worker broke a window and one of the workers pulled me through,” survivor Parul Begum told CNN. “After the fire, we tried to run out the door, but it was locked. When the floor [became] dark with smoke, the boys came to rescue me.”
The burned-down factory produced clothes for Wal-Mart, Disney, Sears, and other well-known brands, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
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