WRAPUP 3-Lawyers, public chant "hang him" as Bangladesh building owner led to court

Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:32am EDT
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* Eight people arrested in connection with the collapse

* Third major industrial disaster in five months in Bangladesh

* Public anger sparks days of protests

By Ruma Paul and Serajul Quadir

DHAKA, April 29 (Reuters) - Bangladeshi lawyers and protesters chanted "hang him, hang him" on Monday as the owner of a factory building that collapsed last week killing nearly 400 people was led into court dressed in a helmet and bullet-proof jacket, witnesses said.

The drama came as rescue officials said they were unlikely to find more survivors in the rubble of the building that collapsed on Wednesday, burying hundreds of garment workers in the country's worst industrial accident.

Heavy cranes were being used to lift huge concrete blocks from the wreckage of Rana Plaza, where 385 people are now confirmed to have been killed. The building housed factories making clothes for Western brands.

Eight people have been arrested - four factory bosses, two engineers, building owner Mohammed Sohel Rana and his father, Abdul Khalek. Police are looking for a fifth factory boss, David Mayor, who they said was a Spanish citizen.   Continued...