( 4UMF NEWS ) 3 Arrested In Factory Fire:
Three supervisors of a Bangladeshi garments factory were arrested on Wednesday as protests over a fire that killed more than 100 people raged on into a third day, with textile workers and police clashing in the streets of a Dhaka suburb.
The government has blamed last weekend’s disaster, the country’s worst-ever industrial blaze, on saboteurs and police said they had arrested two people who were seen on CCTV footage trying to set fire to stockpiles of cotton in another factory.
The fire at Tazreen Fashions has put a spotlight on global retailers that source clothes from Bangladesh, where wage costs are low – as little as $37 a month for some workers.
Rights groups have called on Western firms to sign up to a safety program in the world’s second-biggest clothes exporter.
U.S. retailer Sears Holdings Corp said on Tuesday its clothing was not meant to be made in that textile factory, and was investigating reports that one of its brands had been found in the charred debris.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s largest retailer, said one of its suppliers subcontracted work to the burned factory without authorization and would no longer be used.
Witnesses said that at least 20 people were injured on Wednesday in the capital’s industrial suburb of Ashulia as police pushed back protesters demanding safer factories and punishment for those responsible for the blaze, which killed 111 workers and injured more than 150.
Thousands of workers poured out onto the roads, blocking traffic, as the authorities closed most of the 300 garment factories in the area. They were driven back by riot police using tear gas and batons.
Three employees of Tazreen Fashions – an administrative officer, a stores manager and a security supervisor – were arrested and paraded in front of the media.
He said that police were investigating complaints from some survivors that factory managers stopped workers from running out of the multi-storey building when a fire alarm went off.
Representatives of the Tazreen Fashions factory, including the owner, were not available for comment.