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Dhaka Tribune

Rescue interrupted as crowds clash with police

Update : 26 Apr 2013, 06:28 AM

Rescue work at the Savar accident site was suspended for two hours this morning after relatives of the missing clashed with police.

Dhaka Tribune correspondents reported that relatives massed outside the collapsed Rana Plaza complex complained that the rescue was proceeding too slowly. At one stage, crowds clashed with police trying to maintain order and the law enforcement personnel fired tear gas in response.

The rescue operation resumed after a two-hour delay.

Locals and relatives of the victims said the rescue operation is getting hampered and delayed for lack of modern equipment.

However, rescuers supplied food, water and oxygen to people trapped inside the building. Many voluntary rescuers have also joined the army, police, BGB members and firefighters to rescue the trapped people.

Police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel cordoned off the area this morning to conduct the rescue operation properly. Relatives of the victims vented anger as the law enforcers barred them from going near to the collapsed building.

Rescuers feared that the number of victims would go up sharply as many people still remain trapped under the debris for over 50 hours.

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