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Three die, 30 injured in Dhaka factory stampede

Stampede broke out in a Bangladesh garment factory after workers mistakenly set off a fire alarm after a light bulb burst.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 14:15 IST

Three women were killed and 30 people injured in a stampede to flee a Bangladesh garment factory after workers mistakenly set off a fire alarm after a light bulb burst, police said on Tuesday.

About 2,000 workers at the Sayem Fashions factory in Gazipur, 40 kilometres north of Dhaka, scrambled for the exits last night, believing there was a fire, police said.

Fires are fairly common in Bangladesh's textile factories and the common policy of locking doors to prevent theft is often blamed for high death tolls.

Three women were killed and at least 30 were hurt in Monday's stampede from the seven-storey building, police chief Kamrul Islam said.

"Among the injured, 21 were hospitalised at the local Gazipur hospital and the rest in the other Dhaka medical collage hospital," he said.

Last month, the worst industrial fire in the country's history killed at least 56 people and injured more than 100 in the southern port city of Chittagong with many still fighting for their lives in hospital.

Following the blaze, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia ordered a safety crackdown at the nation's over 4,000 garment and textile factories where worker protection rules are often flouted.