Relatives of victims and survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse have reiterated a demand for immediate punishment of those responsible for the terrible factory disaster.
They renewed the demand on Monday after gathering the disaster site in Savar to commemorate their fellow workers who lost life in the workplace catastrophe.
Hundreds of mourners, including families and relatives of the victims, gathered in front of Shaheed Bedi, the scythe and hammer sculpture, at 7:00am.
Hundreds of workers, rights activists, stakeholders and some other organisations observed the fourth anniversary of the tragedy by placing wreaths at their graves.
They reiterated their longstanding demand for immediate punishment of the culprits responsible for the building collapse.Rana Plaza, a workplace of hundreds of garment workers, collapsed on April 24, 2013, leaving over 1,100 people dead.
Hundreds of workers suffered severe injuries in the world’s biggest workplace disaster which struck the people at home and abroad.
An allegation is rife that police prevented survivors of the disaster and families of the deceased from holding a rally on this occasion.
Around 500 people gathered near the disaster site where the multi-storey building that housed several ready-made garment factories once stood.
Police thwarted their attempts to lay wreaths on the site and organise a rally there in the morning, witnesses said.
Khairul Mamun Mintu, a leader of Bangladesh Garment Workers Trade Union Kendra, said, “The local lawmaker gave us permission to stage a rally on the Rana plaza site. But police resisted our attempt.”
Additional policemen were deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.
Mahbubur Rahman, senior assistant superintendent of police in Savar, said police only asked the people to “not create any chaos” and go away as the Dhaka-Aricha highway is an important route.
“We did not have other intentions,” he explained.
“We have allowed them to place wreaths to commemorate the victims.”
Besides, relatives and workers also placed wreaths at the graves of 291 unidentified victims who were buried at Jurine graveyard in the capital.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) led by its president Siddiqur Rahman placed a wreath at the graves of the victims around 11:00am.
Several cases were filed in connection with the tragic incident.
The trial is going on at a snail’s pace.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh