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22 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Factory workers block highway for arrears

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Mymensingh

Demanding arrears of three months, workers of Leo Fashion, a sweater factory, blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Mehrabari in Bhaluka of Mymensingh district yesterday.

The blocked the highway at around 9.30am and continued for over an hour, creating serious traffic jam on the highway, said local people.

Quoting the workers’ claim, officer-in-charge (Investigation) of Bhaluka Police Station Md Mazharul Islam said there are some 2,000 workers in the factory and they were not paid for three months. The workers held several meetings with the factory authorities and they were assured of getting their dues by May 15. As the workers were not paid within the scheduled dateline, they blocked the highway yesterday morning that continued for over an hour’, said the OC quoting workers. On information, police rushed to the spot and asked the workers to remove their blockade programme but they did not bother. At one stage, the agitated workers allegedly started throwing brick bats at police and in retaliation, police charged baton and fired 58 rounds of blank shots to disperse the agitating workers, the OC informed. Some 20 people including three policemen were injured during the incident.

Later, a meeting was held between police and factory authorities at noon. Afterwards, it was decided that the arrears would be paid by Wednesday. Assistant police superintendent of Bhaluka Industrial Police Mohammad Nurunnabi and OC of Bhaluka Police Station Md Main Uddin were present there.

But manager (administration) of Leo Fashion Ashraf Uddin told the reporters that there are 17 units in the factory and arrears of workers of only three units were due.

 

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