BGMEA probe finds Sohel Rana, RAJUK officials responsible for building collapse

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Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza building and proprietors of the apparels factories housed there are the culprits for the tragedy of multi-storey building collapse in Savar on April 24.
A probe committee of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) found them responsible in its report brought to light Wednesday after about two months of the disaster, at a press conference in BGMEA building.
The probe report found several reasons for the collapse of the building, including structural faults, placing heavy generators and other machineries in the upper floors.
BGMEA also hold factory inspection department officials responsible for issuing permissions to the owners to keep generators and heavy machineries on the upper floors of the multi-storied Rana Plaza.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) and Savar municipality officials were also responsible for failing to oversee building compliance during construction and approving the blue prints.
In the report the probe committee recommended that the government bring them all to justice.
The BGMEA formed the committee on April 28 to probe in to collapse and had asked the committee to submit the report in 10 days.
Later, BGMEA extended the probe time as the committee failed to complete investigations.
The investigation committee convener, SM Mannan Kochi, also a vice-president of the BGMEA, presented the probe report to the journalists. BGMEA president Atiqul Islam was also present in the press conference.
The multi-storied Rana Plaza, which housed five clothing factories, a shopping mall and a bank, collapsed on April 24, killing at least 1,130 people mostly women apparel workers and leaving 2,000 others injured and lost limbs.

Source: New Age