The shift from culpable homicide to murder charges follows revelations that bosses, including the owner of the Rana Plaza building, told the workers to enter the building even though it looked unsafe. Cracks had begun to appear in the building a day earlier and many workers were put between a rock and a hard place; enter an unsafe building or face the sack.
The lead investigator into the building collapse, Bijoy Krishna Kar, said "They [Rana and the factory owners] discussed and decided to keep the factory open. They sent the workers to their deaths with cool heads."
The eight storey building was originally five storeys high but its height was increased after approval by planners. Three extra storeys were unofficially added, no doubt for economic purposes. Four days before the collapse a huge crack appeared in the building and the owners were ordered to keep it closed.
Clothing workers' bosses however demanded that their staff worked as normal. You may wonder why the staff did not simply refuse to work that day but in a country with few rights and a great deal of poverty the workers had no real choice. In the end they paid a huge price.
More charges may follow in relation to the construction of the building.