Savar: In the fifth arrest in the Bangladesh building collapse, authorities on Sunday arrested the fugitive owner of the 8-storey structure from Benapole frontiers with India while he was attempting to flee the country.
    
Sohel Rana was arrested by the country's elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from Benapole, one of the 14 land ports with India.
    
"RAB arrested Sohel Rana from Benapole frontiers as he tried to flee the country," state minister for local government Jahangir Kabir Nanak told newsmen.
    
Rana Plaza, that housed five garment factories, a bank branch and around three hundred shops employing thousands of workers, collapsed on April 24 leaving at least 362 people dead, a day after authorities issued a warning regarding cracks in the building.
    
RAB spokesman Wing Commander Habibur Rahman reconfirmed the report saying a detective team of the anti-crime unit arrested him near the Indian borders as he was being hunted on charges of involuntary murders.
    
According to officials, Rana erected the building defying safety rules and proper clearance.
    
His arrest came three days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered arrest of Rana and the owners of the five garment factories housed in the structure as they apparently forced several thousand workers to join the production line even after cracks were reported and warnings were issued.
    
Owners of two garment units and two engineers responsible for building safety were arrested and remanded in police custody yesterday on court orders as the death toll continued to rise, prompting angry workers to vent their anger by taking to the streets.
    
Police said chairman of New Wave Buttons and New Wave Style factories Bazlus Samad and managing director of one of the plants Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash and municipal engineers Imtimam Hossain and Alam Mian would face charges of involuntary murders of several hundred people.
    
The High Court earlier ordered personal appearance of the building and factory owners on April 30 to explain their role in the tragedy.

(Agencies)

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