BGMEA demands punishment to factory attackers
Expressing their grave concern over the recent incidents of unrest in the sector, the garment makers yesterday demanded immediate punitive actions against the persons responsible for such violence.
The leaders of the garment makers' platform, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), called for bringing the culprits to book immediately, in a meeting held at the association office in Dhaka.
The leaders also condemned the attack on garment workers' leader Montoo Ghosh at the factory of Opex & Sinha Textile Group at Kanchpur under Narayanganj district.
The owners, labour leaders, workers, lawmakers and top police officials attended the meeting to discuss the latest situation of the garment sector as the Kanchpur area turned into a battleground yesterday following the attack on Montoo Ghosh.
In a statement, BGMEA President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin said a vested quarter is trying to create anarchy in the country's highest foreign currency earning sector when it is struggling to maintain its competitiveness amid another global financial crisis.
“Given the global financial condition, the garment sector is now struggling to make profit. At such a critical time a vested quarter is trying to damage the sector through provoking the troublemakers among the workers. We want immediate punishment of those people for the sake of protecting the economy,” he said.
At the hurriedly called emergency meeting, Kaisar Hasnat, the local lawmaker of Sonargaon, said a vested quarter is trying to create anarchy in the garment sector. “The government will investigate the matter to take strong punitive action against the responsible persons,” he said.
“I hope the persons who are behind the ugly incident will face exemplary punishment,” said Montoo Ghosh.
He said the garment industry must be protected against vandalism for the interest of the workers. He urged all workers to rejoin work from tomorrow at the Opex garment factory and refrain from all kinds of vandalism.
Director General of Industrial Police Abdus Salam urged the workers to rejoin their work and maintain friendly environment there.
Arifur Rahman, a director of Opex Group, sympathised with Montoo Ghosh on account of the attack on him.