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AHMEDABAD – The Indian garment factory where seven workers will killed in a deadly fire this week was supplying only to the domestic market the company’s vice president has told Apparel Insider. We contacted Subrata Ghosh, vice president of Nandan Denim in the wake of conflicting reports about the circumstances of the tragedy, the safety position of the factory and brands which the factory was supplying go. A host of international brands which had been linked with buying from Nandan in the past few days have moved to distance themselves from the tragedy, claiming they have no ties with Nandan

In correspondence with us Ghosh claimed customers of the unit where the fire took place were, “100 per cent local traders and … few Indian brands.”

Explaining the anomaly, a local expert told us that, “due to the cost involved in compliance” factory owners in the area, “tend to comply extensively just for exporting units,” under pressure from buyers while, “domestic units on the other hand just operate under the radar.”

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