Dhaka – Six years after the disaster, several hundred people from different strata have paid floral wreath at the makeshift memorial to remember the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people.
More than 2,500 others were also wounded after the eight-storey Rana Plaza building fall on them when they were working at five garment factories housed inside the building at the morning of April 24, 2013.
The rescuers needed more than a month to dig out the rubbles and find the victims of the country’s deadliest industrial disaster.
Labour rights activists, local administration, law enforcers and people from other walks of life went up to accident site at Savar, 20 kilometers north of Dhaka, to pay homage to the victims.
Relatives of those died in the disaster and the survivors also turned up to side of the accident site, now abandoned and filled with growing green water-hyacinth.
A few labour rights groups also formed human chains on Dhaka-Aricha highway demanding more compensation for the survivors of Rana Plaza.
National Garments Workers Federation also organized a rally in front of the disaster site asking the government to enhance the life of the garment workers who contribute much to the national economy.
A group of survivors, who sustained injuries during the disaster, began hunger strike at the accident site to press home for 11-point demands including life-long medical care for the survivors, their rehabilitation and jobs for the families of those killed after the collpase.
“We will continue the strike until our demands are not met,” said Mahmudul Hasan Ridoy, a former garment worker who lost one of his hands in Rana Plaza disaster.
The eight-storey building had housed five garment factories that produced garments for Western brands including Benetton, Bon Marche, Cato Fashions, El Corte Ingles, Joe Fresh, Kik, and Primark.
The survivors and labour rights activists demanded speedy trial of the building owner, Sohel Rana, who along with 38 others was indicted for culpable homicide.
Rana was arrested four days after the building collapse. He has not been sentenced yet.