Bangladeshi police said Saturday they had arrested two owners of garment factories based at the eight-storey building that collapsed outside the capital as the death toll rose to at least 323.


"We've arrested Bazlus Samad, the chairman of New Wave Buttons and New Wave Style factories, and Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash, a managing director of one of these plants, after midnight," deputy chief of Dhaka police Shyaml Mukherjee told AFP.

Police have filed a case against them for "death due to negligence", he said, after the prime minister said the owners forced the workers to return to work after cracks appeared in the building a day earlier.

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