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2 Arrested in Bangladesh Building Collapse as Toll Tops 300

Police in Bangladesh have arrested two owners of the garment factory that collapsed several days ago, killing at least 324 people.

Officials said Saturday the managing direct of New Wave Apparels, Bazlus Samad, and company chairman Mahmudur Rahman Tapash are in custody. It is not clear if the men have been charged.

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 324 even as exhausted rescue crews continued to work non-stop, searching for survivors. Emergency responders say they saved at least 72 people Friday, with rescuers finding 41 people alive in one place. A few more were pulled out alive early Saturday - three says since the collapse.

Protesting garment workers took the streets of the capital Dhaka Friday to demonstrate against the country's poor industrial safety standards.

Police say the owner of the building and factory managers ignored official warnings for people to evacuate the building after inspectors found cracks in it Tuesday.

More than 3,000 people were in the building outside Dhaka when it collapsed.



At least 2,200 people have been rescued. More than 1,000 were injured. Authorities do not know exactly how many people are missing.

Hundreds of textile workers clashed with police Thursday. Some workers blame European and American companies for the poor working conditions because the companies demand low-cost goods from the garment manufacturers.

A fire at another garment factory in Bangladesh killed more than 100 workers in November.

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