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Dhaka Tribune

RMG workers go on rampage in city

Update : 26 Apr 2013, 05:42 AM

Garment workers protesting the Savar tragedy went on a rampage in Dhaka this morning, vandalising an estimated 100 vehicles in the Mirpur, Rampura and Badda areas of the city.

Shops in Mirpur closed after groups of agitated workers wielding sticks and brickbats smashed everything in sight from Shewrapara to Mirpur 10.

Confirming the matter, Pallabi thana OC Latif Sheikh said : " Police is trying to bring the situation under control."

There are reports of processions by garment workers in the Mahakhali area. Traffic thinned in the streets as news of the vandalism spread.

Thousands of garment workers walked out of factories in the garments belts in and around Dhaka yesterday demanding the arrest of Sohel Rana, the owner of the collapsed building.

When contacted, Badda thana OC Iqbal Hossain said, “Some miscreants tried to bring out a procession and vandalise vehicles in the area at about 8:30am, but police managed to bring the situation under control.”

Meanwhile, labour flare-up erupted again in Gazipur readymade garments belt today as several hundred workers staged a demonstration demanding punishment of the owner of Rana Plaza that collapsed on Wednesday causing 282 so far reported deaths.

Traffic on the Dhaka-Mymensingh-Tangail highways came to a halt due to the demonstration of the RMG workers.

Sources said several hundred garment workers from Konabari, Bhogra, Borobari, Targanj, Chandona and other places took to the streets wielding sticks and staged demonstration demanding arrest and exemplary punishment of the owner of Rana Plaza.

They also protested against keeping many garment units open. Vehicular movement on the highways remained stopped since morning due to their agitation.  

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