Skip to main content

Bangladeshi police charge 13 in deadly factory fire last year

By Farid Ahmed, CNN
updated 6:31 AM EST, Sun December 22, 2013
This file photo shows the aftermath of the blaze that tore through the nine-story Tazreen Fashion plant in Bangladesh last year.
This file photo shows the aftermath of the blaze that tore through the nine-story Tazreen Fashion plant in Bangladesh last year.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Top factory officials as well as security guards are charged
  • Most of the fatalities in the fire were female workers
  • More than 200 people were injured

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- Bangladeshi police charged 13 people after a deadly apparel factory fire left 112 dead last year, authorities said Sunday.

Most of the fatalities in the fire in the outskirts of Dhaka were female workers. More than 200 people were injured in the blaze.

"The Criminal Investigation Department has submitted the charges to the court," inspector Mohammad Assaduzzaman said.

Suspects include the owner of the company Tazreen Fashion and his wife, who is the chairwoman.

A look at Bangladesh factory conditions
Bangladesh's garment factory scrutiny
Bangladesh factory kills workers

Following the report by police, court officials will hold a hearing before bringing formal charges against the suspects. Others accused are top factory officials as well as security guards.

Earlier, a government committee had said the factory fire on November 24 last year was an "act of sabotage".

It said the owner of the factory should be held responsible for gross negligence and lack of safety measures.

Almost half of the victims were burned beyond recognition, and were buried under government supervision after DNA samples were taken.

"The owner of the factory should be brought to justice, as we find that proper safety measures could have lessened the fatalities," said Main Uddin Khandaker, head of the government committee.

Factory owner Delwar Hossain was not available for comment Sunday. He's admitted to local media that his factory lacked proper safety measures, but said he was not aware of it.

Days after the fire, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also called it a "planned arson."

The garment industry in the nation makes up 80% of Bangladesh's $24 billion in annual exports.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 7:59 PM EST, Wed November 26, 2014
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson says he was just doing his "job right" when he shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown.
updated 8:18 PM EST, Sun November 23, 2014
The interior of the Formosa Boulevard Mass Rapid Transit Station in Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan.
Stunning stations where your first priority won't be finding the nearest exit.
updated 6:18 PM EST, Tue November 25, 2014
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says women's "nature is different," sparking fury.
updated 5:43 AM EST, Mon November 24, 2014
A 30-year-old woman has been charged with attempting to kill a baby police say spent five days down a drain before being discovered by cyclists.
updated 8:21 PM EST, Thu November 20, 2014
If it wasn't for a comic's skit, Bill Cosby would still be America's favorite father, says expert.
updated 7:51 PM EST, Sun November 23, 2014
Where do hip young things hang out in Taiwan?
updated 10:50 AM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
Obama orders the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. immigration in decades, prioritizing the deportation of "felons, not families."
updated 4:06 PM EST, Tue November 18, 2014
Fighters loyal to ISIS are now in control of Derna, a city on Libya's Mediterranean coast.
updated 6:19 PM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
China and likely other countries have the capacity to shut down the U.S. power grid, says the NSA.
updated 2:45 PM EST, Wed November 19, 2014
The founder of a U.S. nonprofit that works with returning soldiers is named CNN's Hero of the Year.
updated 10:57 AM EST, Wed November 26, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT