Nine years have gone by, but the affected families and survivors of Rana Plaza collapse are still haunted by the memory of the worst-ever tragedy in the country’s multi-billion-dollar ready-made garment (RMG) industry.
Different right bodies, worker organisations and left-leaning political parties and Rana Plaza Survivors’ Association have undertaken various programmes remembering the tragedy.
Many workers’ organisations placed floral wreaths at the base of the Rana Plaza Memorial Sunday morning.
The family members of the deceased and injured victims were also present there.
Leaders and activists of different organisations also brought out a procession demanding capital punishment of Rana Plaza owners and compensation for victims’ families.
On April 24, 2013, Rana Plaza, an illegally-constructed building in Savar which housed five garment factories, came down crashing, killing 1,138 people and injuring over 2,000 others.
Little progress in Rana Plaza cases
Trial in the murder case filed over Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 began officially on January 31 this year by recording statements of the witnesses.
On July 18, 2016, Dhaka District and Session Court Judge SM Kuddus Zaman framed charges against the accused and passed an order to begin the trial.
But it got barred as most of the accused appealed to the higher court challenging legality of the order.
On January 31, after clearing the appeals, District and Sessions Court Judge AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan recorded the statement of plaintiff, then Sub-Inspector of Savar police station Wali Ashraf.
Prime accused in the case, owner of Rana Plaza Sohel Rana is currently in jail while 40 others are on bail.
Over the tragic incident then SI of Savar police station Wali Ashraf filed a murder case accusing the owner and others of dereliction and negligence in building construction.
On June 1, 2015, Assistant Superintendent of Crime Investigation Department (CID) of police Bijoy Krishna Kar submitted charge sheet in the case against 41 people including the building owner Sohel Rana.