Over 100 vehicles vandalized
Ansars’ arms snatched
Garment workers ran amok in Gazipur and Savar for the third consecutive day on Monday demanding a minimum monthly salary of Tk 8,000.
The unruly workers vandalised over 100 vehicles in different areas, including Chandna intersection, Signboard and Rowshan roads, and damaged some factories with sticks turning a 10-km area into a battle field in Gazipur in the morning.
At least 50 people, including policemen and Ansar members, were injured as they clashed with the law enforcers at Bhogra.
Witnesses said thousands of workers took to the street in the morning, staged demonstrations and put blockade on Dhaka-Mymensingh, Dhaka-Gazipur and Dhaka Bypass roads, creating a long tailback on the roads and causing immense sufferings to passengers.
Meanwhile, garment works attacked a factory at Bhogra around 10 am and vandalised the rooms of security guards and Ansar members, triggering a clash that left 50 people injured.
The agitated workers snatched eight rifles and 135 rounds of bullet from the ansar members. They set fire to four rifles for damaging those. Later, four of the snatched rifles were recovered from the factory area.
The injured ansar members were rushed to a local hospital while injured policeman Mohsin to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
They burned tyres on the roads and set fire to a gowdown of a factory. However, the fire was doused within a short time.
The authorities were forced to shut most garment factories of the area closed following the labour unrest.
Police charged baton and fired teargas shells in Chandna and Signboard areas to disperse the RMG workers and bring the situation under control.
Additional law enforcers were deployed in the area to avoid further trouble.
Our Savar correspondent reports: At least 10 people, including a policeman, were injured as readymade garment (RMG) workers clashed with police at different places in the upazila during demonstration for salary hike.
The authorities were forced to declare at least 15 RMG factories closed for the day following the incident.
Officer-in-charge (investigation) Aminur Rahman of Savar Police Station said workers of Al-Ihsan Garments, Al-Muslim Garments, Pride Group, HR Textile and some other garment units of Ulail and Karnapara area went on a work abstention in the morning and staged demonstration to push for fixing their minimum wage at Tk 8,000.
The demonstrating workers tried to put barricade on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway, disrupting traffic for almost an hour from 9:30 am.
A chase and counter-chase took place between police and the RMG workers.
The angry workers pelted police with brickbats when the law enforcers lobbed teargas shells and changed baton to disperse them, leaving at least nine workers and a police sub-inspector injured.
Vehicular movement on the highway returned to normalcy after 10:15am.
RMG workers go berserk
Over 100 vehicles vandalized