A Dhaka court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for the owners and four managers of a garment factory in connection with a fire that killed 112 people in Bangladesh last year, court officials said.
Judge Washim Sheikh issued the warrant for owners Delawar Hossain and his wife, Mahmuda Akter, and four other managers of the Tazreen Fashion factory.
Thirteen people have been charged with culpable homicide. The owners and four managers have absconded, six others secured bail and one person is in jail pending trial, said prosecution lawyer Anwarul Kabir.
Investigators filed the charges on December 22 after more than a year of investigation, during which the owners were accused of negligence in the fire, which gutted the factory in the Ashulia industrial district near Dhaka on November 24, 2012.
Survivors alleged that the main exits were locked and they were not allowed to leave when the fire broke out at the factory.