20 hurt in RMG worker-cop clash in Savar | The Daily Star
12:00 PM, October 10, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:29 PM, October 10, 2013

DEMAND FOR SALARY, FESTIVAL BONUS

20 hurt in RMG worker-cop clash in Savar

Scattered brick chips and a burning tyre are seen on a road in Jirani Bazar of Ashulia Thursday following a clash between the readymade garment workers and law enforcers in the area over salary and festival bonus. Photo: TV grab Scattered brick chips and a burning tyre are seen on a road in Jirani Bazar of Ashulia Thursday following a clash between the readymade garment workers and law enforcers in the area over salary and festival bonus. Photo: TV grab

At least 20 workers of a readymade garment factory were injured as they clashed with police demanding payment of their salary and festival bonus in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, Thursday morning, police said.

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The authorities of Liberty Fashions Limited, the centre point of the violence, suspended the production for today following the clash.

During the 30-minute clash, the marauding workers also vandalised the windowpanes of their factory at Jirani Bazar in Ashulia.

The clash erupted around 9:00am when the workers saw a notice at their factory saying that their salary for the month of September and festival bonus ahead of the Eid-ul-Azda, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be distributed on October 13.

Earlier, the workers were told to collect their salary and bonus on Thursday.

Seeing the notice, the workers burst into anger and started to vandalise the factory.

At one stage, nearly 1,500 agitating workers tried to blockade the Dhaka-Tangail highway crossing Jirani Bypass.

When police tried to resist the workers, the clash ensued, reports Savar our correspondent quoting Abdus Sattar, deputy assistant director of Ashulia Industrial Police.

The workers were injured when police fired several rounds of rubber bullets, teargas shells and charged batons on the agitating workers, he added.

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