40 hurt in Ashulia worker-cop clash
This November 12 photo shows workers of readymade garments throwing brick chips when they clash with police at Ashulia, on the outskirt area of the capital, demanding Tk 8,114 minimum monthly wage.
At least 40 people including five policemen were injured as the apparel workers clashed with law enforcers in Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, this morning demanding Tk 8,114 as minimum wage.
Production at over 100 garment factories was also suspended for today following the clash, reports our Savar correspondent quoting Md Shahidullah, senior deputy director of Industrial police.
Of the injured, Jyoti Akhter, a constable of the Industrial Police, has been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with severe head wounds.
The traffic movement on the busy Dhaka-Tangail highway remained suspended for about two hours from 9:00am following the clash.
Around 5,000 workers of over 100 factories started demonstration at Jamgora and Shimultola blocking the highway around 9:00am, reports our Savar correspondent.
The clash ensued as police tried to disperse the agitators from the highway, Shahidullah said.
Agitated workers hurled brick chips towards law enforcers, leaving five policemen injured.
In retaliation, law enforcers charged batons on them and fired several rounds of rubber bullets and teargas canisters leaving 35 workers injured, locals said.
The injured workers were given first aid at local health complexes.
Following the clash, authorities of over 100 RMG units shut production at the factories for today, said Salem Morshedi, convener of a local organisation of Savar, Ashulia garments factories.
He said that the workers continued with the agitation as they were most probably ignore about last night's decision.