RMG workers go bersek, clash with Tongi cops
At least 10 workers of a readymade garment factory at Mill Gate area in Tongi were injured after they clashed with police following the injury of a fellow worker in a road crash yesterday.
The agitating workers also vandalised as many as 50 vehicles before the clash began.
Sharmin Akter, 30, a worker of Tops and Bottom Fashion, succumbed to her injuries around 1:00pm while being transported to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Earlier around 8:00am, she was hit by a BRTC bus near her workplace on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, Gazipur Industrial Police confirmed.
Around 2,000 workers of Tops and Bottom Fashion took to the street around 8:30am as the news of the accident spread, witnesses said.
They blocked the highway at Mill Gate area for two hours and went on vandalising vehicles before0020police intervened, triggering a clash. The agitating workers hurled brickbats at police and, in retaliation, the law enforcers charged batons, fired rubber bullets and lobbed teargas canisters.
Traffic movement on the highway resumed around 10:30am after police managed to drive out the workers from the highway, said the Officer-in-Charge of Gazipur Industrial Police station.
Tops and Bottom Fashion and two other RMG units suspended production for the day fearing vandalism, the OC added.