More than a hundred workers of ready-made garment (RMG) factory Designer Jeans Ltd in the capital’s Ashulia area staged a demonstration in Jamgora yesterday, demanding the withdrawal of a case against the factory’s 260 workers.
The RMG workers formed a human chain in front of Fantasy Kingdom theme park in the area around 11:30am to voice their demand.
They claimed the factory authorities filed a false case against their co-workers on charges of vandalism to prevent them from protesting in the recent sacking of workers in the factory.
The factory’s Administrative Officer Sharif Hossain filed the case with Ashulia police station against the workers, including 110 named individuals, accusing them of vandalising and looting the factory.
Speaking at the human chain, the workers complained that the factory authorities laid off the workers because they had protested against the factory’s irregular and unfair management.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, the protesters claimed the workers were peacefully observing work abstention in the factory demanding the reinstatement of their colleagues, to which the authorities retaliated by shutting down the factory for an indefinite period of time on August 28.
“After the factory authorities hung the shut-down notice on the factory’s main gate, police did not even let any workers enter the factory premises. How could the accused have vandalised the factory then?” they said.
“The authorities must withdraw the false case and reinstate the workers they wrongfully dismissed by Thursday, or we will launch a tougher movement,” they said.
The protesters tried to bring out a procession on the Abdullahpur-Baipail road after the human chain, but were dispersed by police from the street.
When asked about it, Ashulia Industrial Police Director Mostafizur Rahman said: “We drove the protesters away from the street because they were causing traffic congestion.”
Additional police force has been deployed at the factory area as well as in Jamgora to avoid any untoward incident, he added.