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RMG workers clash with cops in Narayanganj, 50 hurt

  • Published at 12:53 pm October 22nd, 2018

The clash broke out on yesterday morning

At least 50 people were injured in a clash between garment workers and police in front of the Narayanganj Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in the Adamjee area of Shiddhirganj Monday morning.

Hundreds of workers from different factories started to gather outside the EPZ main gate from 7 am and demonstrated demanding their due arrears and salary, reports UNB.

The unruly workers staged demonstrations blocking the Adamjee-Narayanganj road.  They vandalized several vehicles plying on the road and set a lorry on fire.

On information, police rushed in and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse workers, triggering a chase and counter-chase between them.

At least 50 workers and five policemen were injured during the melee.

Later, the workers withdrew their blockade as the local Awami League leaders assured them that proper steps would be taken in resolving the matter.

A total of 3,000 workers protested in front of the factory demanding their arrears of four months after the owners of the factory failed to pay them as promised earlier.

As the promise was not kept, workers gathered in front of the factory in the morning and tried to enter the factory while the police obstructed, workers said.

Workers of Soad Fashions alleged that the factory owners locked the entrance of the factory and closed on September 22 morning without any prior notice.

Meanwhile, General Manager Mamun Mia of Soad Fashions said that due to some difficulties the factory has been shut shown primarily and will resume in January.

All the arrears of the workers will be paid by November 15, he added.