Apparel workers blocked New Airport Road in Joar Sahara area of the capital Sunday morning demanding a hike in their salaries and other benefits including attendance bonus and lunch allowances.
The demonstration that started around 8:00am caused huge traffic congestion on the road in the morning rush hours.
The vehicular movements on the busy road came to a halt for nearly one and a half hours as around 1,000 workers of several garments factories started demonstration blocking the road, said Mohammad Ali, officer-in-charge of Bhatara Police Station.
Police however fired over 10 teargas canisters in a bid to clear the road to minimise commuters’ sufferings.
No injury was reported in the incident.
The demonstration erupted from Crimia Garment Factory when its workers started demonstration in front of the Radisson Hotel.
Later the protest spread to nearby Shawra Bazar area as the workers of adjoining factories joined their agitating fellows, the OC added.