Rana Plaza owner Khaleq dies of Covid-19 | The Daily Star
09:59 PM, June 04, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:02 PM, June 04, 2020

Rana Plaza owner Khaleq dies of Covid-19

Owner of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed on April 24, 2013 -- leaving 1,136 people dead in the worst industrial accident in the country in Savar -- died after being infected with Covid-19 today.

Deceased Abdul Khaleq, father of Sohel Rana who is now in jail in a case filed over the Rana Plaza disaster, died at his residence around 6:00am, said Sayemul Huda, Savar Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer.

He said Khaleq was admitted at Savar Enam Medical College Hospital with coronavirus-like symptoms on June 1. He then tested positive for Covid-19 and took treatment in home isolation, Huda told our Savar correspondent.

Abdul Khaleq was accused along with his son, who was a former Jubo League leader, in multiple cases filed over the building collapse and the death of the garments workers, who were forced to go back to work despite visible cracks appearing in the factory structure.

At least 1,136 people, mostly garment workers, were killed and more than 2,500 injured in the building collapse, prompting global outcry for humane working conditions in factories and stricter regulations in Bangladesh's Readymade Garments industry.

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