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16 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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30 hurt in N’ganj as RMG workers, cops clash

Workers also block Mirpur road over dues in another incident
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
30 hurt in N’ganj as RMG workers, cops clash
Workers of Zaara Jeans and Knitwear Limited block capital’s Mirpur-1, near Sony Cinema Hall area, using a bamboo laden push cart, yesterday demanding the payment of their arrears. Focus Bangla photo

At least thirty people, including ten policemen, were injured during a clash between law enforcers and garment workers, who blocked Dhaka-Chattogram highway for arrears at Kanchpur in Narayanganj yesterday morning. Meanwhile, Thousands of workers of Zaara Jeans and Knitwear Limited have blocked road at the capital’s Mirpur-1, near Sony Cinema Hall area demanding the payment of their arrears. In Narayanganj, hundreds of workers of Sinha and Opex Group took to the street in the morning to press home their demands including maternity leave, payment of leave during vacation, payment of monthly salary and other dues. They blocked the highway from 10am to 11.30am yesterday, bringing traffic to a standstill on the highway.

Being informed, a team of Industrial Police rushed in and tried to remove the agitated workers from the street. At one stage, the workers started throwing bricks at the police, triggering a chase and counter chase between the two sides. Later, police fired teargas cells and charged baton on the protestors.

Moniruzzaman Monir, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonargaon Police Station confirmed the incident to The Independent and told that police rushed to the spot and requested the workers of Opex and Sinha to withdraw their blockade around 11am.

“Without paying heed to our request, the agitating workers hurled brickbats targeting us, leaving 10 of our police members injured,” the Moniruzzaman Monir, officer-in-charge (OC) said.

“Later we fired teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators from the highway”, the OC added.

Again, in Mirpur, workers of Zaara Jeans and Knitwear Ltd took to the street since 9am demanding their unpaid wages and allowance.

Traffic movement in the area remained halted since morning due to the demonstration, causing immense sufferings to the commuters during the rush hours.

No vehicles were plying the two roads from Mirpur-1 to Bangladesh National Zoo Road and Mirpur-1 to Mirpur-10 following the blockade.

The agitating workers alleged that a garment manufacturing company named Zaara Garment did not pay them the due salaries of the last several months and now closed the factory down without any prior notice.

Confirming the incident, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Shah Ali Police Station, Mohammad Salahuddin Mia, told the Independent that Workers of Zaara Jeans and Knitwear Ltd took to the street since 9am demanding their unpaid wages and allowance.

“Our team was trying to remove the demonstrators from the streets, but the protester denied.

They said that they would not leave the place until the owners come and open the factory, and pay off the wages and allowances,” he said.

“We could not contact Zaara’s owner after several attempts over phone,” the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Shah Ali Police Station, Mohammad Salahuddin Mia added.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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