8 Arrested in Bangladesh Collapse

Death toll more than 330; 2.3K saved

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 27, 2013 7:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Bangladesh authorities have arrested eight people in the collapse of a building whose death toll has risen to at least 336. Two factory owners and their relatives were arrested, along with two engineers, CNN reports via state news. "It is not an accident, it is a killing incident," says the country's information minister. "All, including owners and administrative officials concerned, must be put on the dock for the killing of people."

Twenty-four more people were rescued today, the BBC reports; in total, some 2,300 have been saved, according to police. About 600 remain missing. Among those rescued were a woman and her newborn after the woman reportedly gave birth in the rubble. Rescue work was set to end this morning, officials said, prompting new protests yesterday. "Whenever an ambulance is arriving" at a school housing bodies, "everyone is rushing towards hoping to find at least the body of their near and dear ones," says an anti-corruption organization rep.

Bangladeshi garment workers set fire to furniture from a police control room during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Bangladeshi garment workers set fire to furniture from a police control room during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/AM Ahad)
A Bangladeshi army officer gives instructions to civilian rescue volunteers at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 27, 2013.
A Bangladeshi army officer gives instructions to civilian rescue volunteers at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/AM Ahad)
Bangladeshis display portraits of missing relatives at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Bangladeshis display portraits of missing relatives at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/AM Ahad)
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