10 injured in Savar

The movement of RMG workers demanding a TK 8000 monthly wage spread to Savar, forcing managements of eleven factories to close down for the day.

Staff Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 23 Sept 2013, 07:15 AM
Updated : 23 Sept 2013, 12:50 AM

Industry police SI Omar Farooque said vehicular movement on Dhaka- Aricha highway was disrupted after workers of various RMG factories located in the Savar Municipal areas hit the streets in protest since 8 am on Monday.

Ten workers were injured when police resorted to baton charge to disperse the crowd.

Normalcy in the area returned around 10 am after the workers cleared the highway.

Omar told bdnews24.com due to workers’ stir , eleven factories have closed down.

They are Al Islam Garments, Anlima Dyeing, Standard Group, Pride Group’s H R Textile Mills Limited, Jhumka Garments, Surma Garments, Ofazudding Spinning Mill, Paragon Garments of Savar’s Karnapara and Ulail areas and J K Group’s J K Fabrics Limited, J K Neat Composite Limited, Tanima Neat Composite Limited in Dudhkhenduriapur area.

Police said the workers first demonstrated inside the factory premises demanding minimum wage of Tk 8000, but later they came out to demonstrate on the Dhaka-Aricha Hihway.

At that time, some workers were seen pelting stones at the factories. Glass panes of some of the factories were shattered in the stone-pelting, forcing police to resort to the baton charge to control the situation.

Meanwhile, workers and management of the Al Muslim Group prevented agitating workers of other factories from vandalising their factory where workers in the morning had resumed work as usual.

However, the management later declared holiday to prevent any further untoward incident.

SI Omar said, “Situation at present is under control. Additional police have been deployed in the municipality area.”

RMG workers of several factories in Gazipur too started agitations on the same demand. Traffics were disrupted for around three hours on Dhaka- Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail Highway due to their demonstration.

To avert further problem, around hundred factories there too declared holiday.

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