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Bangladesh police arrested eight people on Saturday on charges of murder in a factory fire that killed at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, a senior official said. of the police.
The fire started Thursday evening at the Hashem Foods Ltd. plant. in Rupganj, outside the capital Dhaka, sending huge clouds of black smoke into the sky. Police discovered piles of bodies on Friday afternoon after the fire was extinguished.“We arrested them for murder,” Narayanganj district police commissioner Jayedul Alam told The Associated Press by telephone. “They are in our custody now. “
Home Secretary Asaduzzaman Khan said among those detained was the managing director of the Sajeeb group, which owns the plant.
The minister did not provide further details but said those responsible would be punished.
“It’s murder,” Khan told reporters as he visited the factory site on Saturday.
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