Owners charged in deadly Bangladesh factory fire

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — The owners and managers of a garment factory were charged Sunday in connection with a fire that killed 112 people in Bangladesh last year, officials said.

Investigators submitted the charges of culpable homicide to a magistrate court against the owners, Delawar Hossain and his wife, Mahmuda Akter, and 11 managers of the Tazreen Fashion factory.

The court set Dec. 31 as the date to hear the charges so it could decide whether to accept them for trial.

The charges were filed after more than a year of investigation, during which the owners were accused of negligence in the fire, which gutted the factory in the Ashulia industrial district near Dhaka on Nov. 24, 2012, police officer Mohsinuzzamna Khan said.

Survivors alleged that the main exits were locked and they were not allowed to leave when the fire broke out at the factory, which produced clothing for global brands such as Wal-Mart.