10 RMG workers hurt as cops baton charge demos
Published : Monday, 14 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 766
At least 10 ready-made garment (RMG) workers have been injured in a clash with police while they set out to protest for the seventh day.
Witnesses said a few more people also suffered minor injuries as the protesting workers threw brick chips targeting the law enforcers.
Hundreds of garment workers took to the streets in Jamgora area of Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka, for the seventh day around 8:00am and blocked the Dhaka-Tangail Highway, halting traffic movement.
Dhaka-1 Superintendent of Police Sana Saminur Rahman said, "Police dispersed the workers protests using water cannons after they made road blockades in the morning at Ashulia."
"The situation is under control at the moment," he said and before added, "Additional police forces have been deployed in the area to avoid recurrence of untoward incidents."
Some 51 garment factories of Ashulia areas remained closed on Sunday following the workers unrest, the SP added.
Police dispersed them by charging batons and using water cannon around 9:30am.
To defuse tension, at least fifty factories have been shut down early for the day.
Additional police forces have been deployed in Ashulia on Sunday. The garment workers began converge on the Abdullahpur-Baipail Road after 8:00am.