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Commuters suffer as RMG workers block roads

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Commuters suffer as RMG workers block roads
Demonstrations by students at Gulistan and garment workers at Mirpur contribute to traffic jam in different areas of the capital on Wednesday. In the photo taken from Kakrail, vehicles are seen lying stuck in a tailback.—Reaz Ahmed Sumon

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Workers of ready-made garment factories went on a rampage, setting fire to two motorbikes and vandalized several others in the capital’s Mirpur area on Wednesday demanding salary hike.

The workers also blocked the busy road at Mirpur and Dhaka-Chattogram highway, causing severe suffering to the commuters.

The lengthy blockade on the busy Dhaka-Chattogram highway created 25km-long bumper-to-bumper traffic on both sides, causing immense suffering to thousands of commuters, including SSC examinees, patients and office-goers.

Witnesses said, over 1,000 workers of different RMG factories at Mirpur started staging demonstrations blocking the road in the Mirpur-10 Bus Stand area.

At one stage, they went on a rampage, started vandalizing motor vehicles and torching motorbikes.

The protesting workers set two motorcycles on fire at Mirpur- 14 area.

Hafizur Rahman, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kafrul Police Station, said: "Workers have so many demands. I came to know that some of their demands were met. But they have been protesting since morning, as two of them were allegedly assaulted during their protest on Tuesday."

Besides, workers of a garment factory also put barricades on Dhaka-Chattogram Highway near Harikhola of Chandina upazila in Cumilla demanding payment of their dues, halting movement of the traffic and causing suffering of the commuters.

The workers of the factory took to the streets around 9:00 am and were staging protests demanding their two months' due salary. After five hours of the blockade, they withdrew it from the highway.

The protesters lifted the blockade at around 2:00pm after receiving assurance of being paid their arrears by Thursday.