Garment workers' unrest over the death of a fellow worker in industrial belt of Savar finally subsided after announcement of Tk 8 lakh compensation to the bereaved family.
The announcement brought to an end over 4 hours' road blockade and vandalism by the workers along a stretch of the Dhaka-Aricha highway.
The deceased, identified as Md Rashedul Islam, swing operator at HR Textile Limited (a concern of Pride Group), died after having been denied permission to leave work on account of falling sick.
Rashedul joined work on Saturday as usual but he started vomiting with headaches after lunch. Then he went to the factory hospital where the duty nurse gave him some medicine as there was no doctor.
But he could not come round even after having the medicine and asked the factory production manager Abdullah Al Mamun and then floor-in-charge Jewell Hasan to be let off work for the rest of the day, which both denied. As he returned to work again he fell even more seriously sick.
At one stage the authorities allowed his co-workers to take him to hospital but he died on the way to the hospital, workers Osman Gani, Amena Begum and many others said.
As news of his death reached his colleagues, they blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway and vandalized several vehicles demanding Tk 10 lakh compensation from the management. They moved from the road after securing a promise of Tk 8 lakh compensation, and only then were police able to bring the situation under control, said inspector Mohammad Harun-ur-Rashid of Industrial Police.