This file photo shows Moshrefa Mishu (L) addressing a protest rally in 2012.
Hours after her detention on charge of leading a protest against the closure of five garment factories, readymade garment workers’ leader Moshrefa Mishu has been released around 8:50pm.
Mishu and another leader Jasmine Jui were detained from Pragati Sharani at around 3:30pm when they were attempting to hold a procession there protesting closures of five garment factories owned by Tuba Group.
Police foiled their attempt on the ground of having no permission to hold the demonstration.
They were also trying to obstruct vehicular movement on the road near Hossain Super Market which houses three closed units of the Group, said Abdul Zalil, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station.
The duo was freed at around 8:00pm, informed Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
Mishu along with about a hundred Tuba workers was about to protest the closure of five units of Tuba Group and demand for the festival bonus of about 1500 workers, said Shahidul Islam Sabuj, a leader of Garment Workers’ Unity Forum.
Workers of the group started gathering at Paragati Sharani in the afternoon. However, as they attempted to hold a procession after 3:00pm police resisted them pushed the workers from the road, said Nahid, a Tuba Group worker.
The owners of Tuba on Monday hanged a notice outside the office, saying that the factories will remain closed due to the ongoing unrest centring full payment of their wages.
On July 28 several hundred workers of the five factories went on hunger strike to realise arrears of the past three months, overtime dues and Eid bonuses.
In the face of protests, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) paid three months’ salaries and overtimes dues in three installments earlier this month.