Police arrest owners of collapsed factories

BANGLADESHI police say they have arrested two owners of garment factories based at the eight-storey building that collapsed outside the capital this week, killing hundreds of people.

The death toll in the disaster rose to 324 after rescuers removed more bodies - most in a state of decay - from the wreckage.

Dhaka police deputy chief Shyaml Mukherjee says some workers have been pulled out alive as the desperate hunt for survivors continued through the night.

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

"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," Mr Mukherjee said.

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