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Bangladesh police interrogate building’s owner

Protesters, with pictures of missing garment workers, demanded capital punishment Monday for those responsible for the collapse of the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka.
Protesters, with pictures of missing garment workers, demanded capital punishment Monday for those responsible for the collapse of the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka.ANDREW BIRAJ /Reuters

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SAVAR, Bangladesh — A Bangladesh court on Monday gave police 15 days to interrogate the owner of a building that collapsed last week, killing at least 382 people, as rescuers used heavy machinery to cut through the destroyed structure after giving up hopes of finding any more survivors.

Mohammed Sohel Rana, who was arrested Sunday as he tried to flee to India, will be held for questioning on charges of negligence, illegal construction, and forcing workers to work. His father, Abdul Khaleque, was also arrested on suspicion of aiding Rana to force people to work in a dangerous building.

The illegally constructed, eight-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap Wednesday morning as thousands of people worked inside in five garment factories.

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