The authorities of a readymade garment factory in Jamgora of Ashulia lodged a case yesterday against 260 of its workers on charges of vandalism and looting.
Administrative official of Designer Jeans Sharif Hossain filed the case with Ashulia police station against 110 named and another 150 unnamed workers.
“On Tuesday, the factory authorities temporarily fired line chief Jahangir and operator Jahangir for violating rules. But the factory had to be shut for an indefinite period the following day as workers of the factory staged protests demanding that the two be reinstated in their posts,” said Sharif.
He said the notice put up on the factory gate enraged workers who came to join work on Thursday morning.
“They engaged in vandalism inside the factory and were dispersed by industrial police shortly,” added the factory official.
Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity Kalpona Akter termed the case false and said it was filed to harass the workers.
She threatened to stage tougher protests unless the factory authorities withdrew the case within 24 hours.
Director of Ashulia industrial police Mostafizur Rahman said additional police were deployed outside the factory to avert any untoward situation.