About 350 factories were closed for the day after readymade garment workers began demonstrating in Ashulia on Monday morning.
Witnesses said the paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh, BGB, were deployed in the area after clashes broke out between the workers and police.
The workers have been protesting the garment owners’ indifference to the government proposal of Tk5,300 standard wage limit.
The workers demand a minimum wage of Tk8,000 per month.
Around 8am hundreds of workers from several factories began demonstrations, and soon most of the workers in the area joined.
Clashes broke out when police tried to clear the Dhaka-Tangail highway and were continuing at the time of writing this report.
Police were said to have used water canons, teargas shells, batons and rubber bullets to contain the situation before the BGB was deployed.
The incident took place during a 84-hour nationwide shutdown organised by the opposition 18-party alliance.
Police quotes were not available immediately. Details are awaited.