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Bangladesh Police Arrest Factory Executives After Fatal Blaze

Bangladesh police arrested the chairman and managing director of Smart Export Garments Ltd. after a fire last week killed seven workers at the Dhaka factory that made clothes for international brands.

Mohammad Sharif, chairman, and Zakir Ahmed, managing director, were arrested after the father of a worker who died in the fire sued three top company officials, police spokesman Masudur Rahman said today via phone.

Garments from Inditex SA (ITX)’s Bershka and Lefties brands were found in the wreckage, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights said on its website.

The blaze was the second major fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory in two months and is prompting labor groups to renew calls for better conditions at factories supplying the world’s biggest brands. More than 100 people were killed on Nov. 24 at a local plant producing clothes for companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Inditex, the world’s largest clothing retailer, said it stopped doing business with two subcontractors after garments with the company’s labels were found at the site of a fatal factory fire in Bangladesh.

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