RMG workers, cops clash

Staff Correspondent

17 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Workers of two apparel factories were locked in a clash with law enforcers at Tejgaon in the capital on Tuesday, leaving at least nine people and a policeman injured.

In the morning, about 1,000 workers of Stitchwel and Apparel Stitch took to the street at Tibbot crossing as the factories were closed without paying salaries to the workers.

The agitated workers demonstrated by blocking the road, which halted traffic movement.

A chase and a counter chase took place when the police tried to remove them from the road at about 12:00 noon, said eyewitnesses.

Harun-or-Rashid, deputy commissioner of Tejgaon Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said that police requested the workers to move from the road as the traffic movement came to a halt due to their protest.

But they hurled brick chips at the law enforcers instead, which prompted them to lob tear gas canisters to disperse them. He said 10 people, including a constable named Waliur Rahman, 24, were injured. The injured were admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

Hasan Munshi, a worker of one of the factories, said the owners shut their factories without paying their salaries.

He claimed police suddenly baton-charged them and fired bullets and tear gas shells.

Inspector Bachchu Mia, who is in charge of DMCH Police Outpost, said that eight workers came to hospital for treatment. None of the injured, however, is in critical condition.