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Khulna workers’ demo: Case filed against 250 over attack on police

  • Published at 11:58 am April 5th, 2019
Four policemen were injured in the incident
Four policemen got injured in a clash between police and jute mill workers near Daulatpur check post in Khulna on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Culprits attacked Daulatpur police outpost, and injured four policemen during Thursday’s attack

Police have filed a case against around 250 unnamed suspects, over an attack on police during the recently-observed 72-hour strike by workers at nine state-owned jute mills.

During the attack, which occurred on Thursday, culprits allegedly vandalized the Daulatpur police outpost, and injured four police personnel. Sub-Inspector Amit Bagchi filed the case.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Daulatpur police station Officer-in-Charge Kazi Mostak Ahmed said: “We have CCTV footage of the attack. Legal action will be taken against the culprits, as per directives given by the senior police officials, following initial investigation.

“Police took no action during Thursday’s attack, so no one was injured, excluding the four police personnel. The outpost was also damaged.”

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Responding to a query, Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Additional Deputy Police Commissioner Moniruzzaman Mithu said: “Based on a rumour that police had detained a jute mill worker at Daulatpur police outpost, a group of culprits converged on the building.

“They pelted stones and attacked the personnel inside. The police showed patience and tolerance. The culprits vandalized the outpost and injured four policemen — Inspector Bashar and constables Monir, Ratul, and Raihan.”

The senior police official added that the injured are undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH), and legal action was taken against the perpetrators after initial investigation.

Commenting on the matter, workers’ leader Khalilur Rahman said: “A gang of outsiders, who had no affiliation with jute mill workers, was involved in the isolated incident with the police. 

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“This incident is in no way related to the protesting jute mill workers.”

Another workers’ leader, Murad Hossain said: “A group of outsiders attacked the police and vandalized the outpost to foil the jute workers’ movement.”

He also lauded the police for being tolerant and cautious.

Workers of nine state-owned jute mills across Khulna, Jessore, and several other districts across Bangladesh recently observed a 72-hour strike demanding unpaid wages and other benefits, which ended on 6am Friday.

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