Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway reopens after 4-hour blockade over death of garment worker

Protesters' demand to close Dhaka-Mymensingh highway's middle lane was promptly implemented by authorities, police say

Gazipur Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 24 Feb 2024, 06:03 AM
Updated : 24 Feb 2024, 06:03 AM

Traffic has resumed on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway in Gazipur after a four-hour blockade over the death of a garment factory worker in a road traffic accident.

Police cleared the highway around 11:45pm on Saturday, said Md Ibrahim Khan, deputy commissioner of Gazipur Metropolitan Police.

Sub-Inspector Sakhawat Hossain from Gachha Police Station said the accident occurred around 8:30am in the Kunia Targach area, sparking intense protests by local garment factory workers.

They vandalised vehicles and started fires on the highway.

The protests brought traffic along the highway to a grinding halt. Police later arrived at the scene in a bid to quell the unrest.

The victim was Munira Begum, 28, a worker of Bernhardtz garment factory.

Witnesses and police say the woman was crossing the highway when she was hit by a city corporation garbage truck, and died on the spot.

In response, local garment factory workers and residents set the garbage truck on fire and blocked the highway, causing damage to several other vehicles.

The ongoing BRT project on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway has led to the removal of road dividers, increasing the risk of accidents for those crossing the highway, according to locals.

Shah Alam, chief of the local police station, stated that the victim's body was taken to Gazipur Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital morgue, and one injured person was treated at a local clinic.

He also mentioned that one of the workers' demands after the incident was the closure of the middle lane.

When the police conveyed this demand to the project authorities, it was immediately implemented.

The Fire Service could not reach the scene to extinguish the fire due to the standoff between workers and police, and incidents of vandalism, said Abu Muhammad Sajedul Kabir Joardar, senior officer at Tongi Fire Station.