RMG workers clash with cops in Savar, 35 hurt
Published : Friday, 11 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 719
At least 35 people were injured in clashes between ready-made garment (RMG) industry workers and police in Baran area of Ashulia, Savar, Gazipur and the capital on Thursday.
The unruly workers started staging demonstrations for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday in Ashulia of Savar, Bhogra Bypass and Mogorkhal area in Gazipur and Mirpur
area demanding cancellation of the discriminatory wage board.
The workers and police clashed when police fired tear shells and blank shots to disperse the workers on Thursday.
Apparel workers took to the streets for the fifth day demanding changes to the newly-announced wage structure blocking several roads including Baipail-Abdullahpur Highway and the Zirabo-Bismail Road.
Police baton charged the workers to disperse them. In retaliation, the RMG workers hurled brickbats at the law enforcing men.
Meanwhile, the government has taken decision to deploy Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in the area.
Earlier on the day, vehicular movement on the Zirabo-Bishmail Highway and Abdullahpur-Bipile Road was disrupted when the protesters blocked them.
Confirming the matter, Ashulia Industrial Police (Dhaka 1) SP Sana Saminur Rahman told the media, "They have taken up positions on the roads connecting to Zirabo-Bishmail Highway and Abdullahpur-Bipile Road after we dispersed them."
Workers of several garment factories have been protesting in Savar and different parts of Dhaka since Sunday demanding the discrepancies in the newly-announced wage structure be removed.
In Gazipur, hundreds of workers of different garment factories started demonstrating in the morning.
At one stage, the workers tried to block Dhaka-Bypass Road but police dispersed them by charging baton.
A chase and counter-chase took place among the workers and police leaving at least five people injured.
Meanwhile, the authorities of at least 30 garment factories have kept their production suspended since Wednesday following the unrest.
In Dhaka, workers of several garment factories started staging demonstrations at Mirpur-10 intersection, Sheurapara, Kazipara and Agargaon areas after putting barricades on the busiest Rokeya Sharoni Road halting traffic.
Severe traffic gridlocks were created from Duaripara to Mirpur-10 and also from Farmgate to Agargaon areas of the capital.
On Wednesday 30 people were injured in a similar clash between RMG factory workers and police in Savar.
On Tuesday a similar clash left one dead in the area. Moreover, 32 workers were injured in several clashes and amongst them three were shot.
Workers of several garment factories have been protesting in Savar and different parts of the capital since Sunday demanding the discrepancies in the newly-announced wage structure be removed.