Bangladesh police have arrested three managers from the garment factory where more than 100 workers perished in a fire this weekend, a Dhaka police official told reporters Wednesday.
The three managers have been accused of stopping workers from escaping the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory and even locking the doors as the blaze swept through the building, the deadliest such incident to hit the Bangladeshi garment industry, according to news reports.
“If the accused acted responsibly, the victims and other survivors might have escaped the accident,” an unnamed police official told the National News Agency of Bangladesh.
Protests continued to rage Wednesday over the calamitous fire, which has captured global attention and thrown new light on dangerous working conditions in this rapidly growing sector. Western retailers such as Wal-Mart and ENYCE, which have been linked to the factory outside Dhaka, are being pressed to demand safer workplaces for Bangladeshi laborers who make their apparel.