Dhaka: Bangladesh cops on Saturday detained for killing the holder of a factory where 52 people demised in a holocaust, as it surfaced that children as young as 11 had been working there.
Police said the possessor of the food factory and four of his sons were among eight individuals caught over the fire that erupted Thursday and fumed for more than a day.
A separate trial has been initiated into the use of child labour at the facility.
Jayedul Alam, police chief for Narayanganj region where the factory is sited, said the entrance had been unlocked at the time of the blaze and the factory ruptured multiple fire and safety regulations.
“It was a deliberate homicide,” the police chief told AFP.
Emergency services discovered 48 of the corpses on the third floor of the Hashem Food and Beverage factory in Rupganj, an industrial town outside Dhaka.
A fire services representative stated the exit door to the main staircase had been padlocked. Highly combustible chemicals and plastics had also been stored in the building.
Monnujan Sufian, state minister for labour, said an investigation was accomplished into the use of child workers at the factory.
Sufian told AFP she had spoken at a hospital to two survivors aged 14. One woman stated her 11-year-old nephew had been working at the factory and was mislaid, feared dead.
Bangladesh pledged changes after the Rana Plaza catastrophe in 2013 when a nine-storey complex capsized killing more than 1,100 individuals.
But there have been a chain of fires and other calamities since then. In February 2019, at least 70 individuals died when a fire ripped through Dhaka apartments where chemicals were illicitly stored.