BANGLADESH (CNN)- Bangladesh authorities arrested eight people, including two factory owners, after 334 people died in a building collapse near the capital this week. Many others were trapped under concrete rubble.
Several relatives of the owners and two engineers also were arrested, the state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported.
Police identified the owners as Mahmudur Rahman Tapash and Bazlul Samad Adnan.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday had ordered police to arrest the owners of the building and the garment factories in it so that they can “face legal actions,” her spokesman said. Most of the victims appear to have been garment factory workers.
“It is not an accident, it is a killing incident,” Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told reporters. “All, including owners and administrative officials concerned, must be put on the dock for the killing of people.”
Amid the arrests, the death toll mounted as families of the missing hoped for a miracle.
Officials coordinating the operation have said the rescue efforts would end Saturday morning and heavy equipment will retrieve the remaining bodies and cart away the rubble.