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Bangladesh factory owners jailed

The owners of a Bangladesh factory where 112 workers died in a fire have turned themselves in to the authorities and have been jailed.

Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, who owned the Tazreen factory, just outside the country’s capital Dhaka, gave themselves up two years on from a fire at the factory.

They were among six fugitives wanted in connection with the blaze in November 2012.

The pair were charged with homicide in December and arrest warrants were issued however they had been living freely until this week. They have now been jailed after their plea for bail was rejected. If convicted they face a maximum life sentence.

According to the BBC, investigators said the nine-storey factory had no emergency exits and security guards and managers told workers the fire was part of a regular drill, which meant it was too late for many to escape.

The fire is one of a number of tragedies to hit the Bangladeshi fashion industry in the last couple of years. In April 2013 the Rana Plaza garment factory complex collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, killing 1,135 people.

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