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Locals go berserk in Savar

Update : 30 Apr 2013, 06:14 AM

Relatives of missing people along with locals and agitated garment workers went on a rampage at the Rana Plaza site in Savar Tuesday morning demanding capital punishment for Rana, the owner of the collapsed building.

According to witnesses, hundreds of agitated people brought out a protest procession from Savar bus stand area and moved towards Rana Plaza site in the morning and vandalised a passenger bus.

Meanwhile, they chanted slogans and alleged that the authorities failed to run the rescue operation properly and hid bodies of missing people.

Rescuers have been using heavy machinery to remove the debris of Savar’s Rana Plaza yesterday, since the chance of finding a survivor has slimmed as the rescue operations entered the sixth day.

However, the relatives of hundreds of ill-fated workers who are still missing have refused to leave.

They crowded around the debris through the day and night, hoping for a miracle, fighting through the stench of decomposing bodies still trapped under the rubble, which makes it nearly impossible to stand there for long, eyewitnesses said.   

Early on Monday, five more bodies were pulled out of the wreckage, hiking the death toll to 382, rescuers said. Already, 329 bodies have been handed over.

Assistant superintendent of police Rasel Sheikh said relatives of more than 800 people have claimed that they were still missing.

The number of survivors stands at 2,437, as none were found on the sixth day. However, the rescuers were unwilling to stop their search for anyone alive.

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