Bangladesh Toll Breaks 500; Engineer Nabbed

Abdur Razzak Khan was building consultant: police

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 3, 2013 3:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the Bangladesh garment-factory building that collapsed last week, authorities said today after arresting an engineer who warned the building was unsafe but is also accused of helping the owner add three illegal floors to the structure. Abdur Razzak Khan worked as the Rana Plaza owner's consultant when the owner made the illegal addition atop his five-story building, police said. He was arrested yesterday on a charge of negligence.

Owner Mohammed Sohel Rana called Khan to inspect the building after it developed cracks on April 23, local media reported. That night Khan appeared on a private television station saying that after his inspection he told Rana to evacuate the building because it was not safe. Khan said he drew the attention of government engineers to a need for the building to be examined further. Workers were carefully using cranes to remove the concrete rubble this morning. "We are still proceeding cautiously so that we get the bodies intact," said a top official.

Anna, 16, who worked as a helper at Rana Plaza, was trapped for 3 days, and had her right hand amputated in order to be rescued, is shown Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Anna, 16, who worked as a helper at Rana Plaza, was trapped for 3 days, and had her right hand amputated in order to be rescued, is shown Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Women cover their noses as they watch people identify bodies at a school turned makeshift morgue where family members come to identify and claim bodies, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar.
Women cover their noses as they watch people identify bodies at a school turned makeshift morgue where family members come to identify and claim bodies, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A worker is seen through a broken cement wall as he toils in the collapsed garment factory building in search of bodies on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A worker is seen through a broken cement wall as he toils in the collapsed garment factory building in search of bodies on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A woman grieves while others hold up pictures of their missing relatives at a school turned make-shift morgue Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A woman grieves while others hold up pictures of their missing relatives at a school turned make-shift morgue Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Relatives hold up portraits of many still missing from last week's collapse of a garment factory building, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar.
Relatives hold up portraits of many still missing from last week's collapse of a garment factory building, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar.   (Ismail Ferdous)
In this photograph taken on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Farida, center, cries as she searches for her sister-in-law Fahima, seen in photographs.
In this photograph taken on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Farida, center, cries as she searches for her sister-in-law Fahima, seen in photographs.   (Wong Maye-E)
Survivors who suffered amputations while being rescued from last week's collapse of a garment factory building rest at the Enam Medical College on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka,
Survivors who suffered amputations while being rescued from last week's collapse of a garment factory building rest at the Enam Medical College on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Savar, near Dhaka,   (Wong Maye-E)
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