50 apparels workers hurt in clash with cops
Three RMG units shutNew Age Online
At least 50 apparel workers were injured in an hour long clash with police at Monipur area under sadar upazila of Gazipur district Wednesday morning.
Local people said several thousand workers of KCO Pyia apparels, a concern of Elegance Industrial Group, stopped working in their respective production lines and started demanding Tk 8,000 as minimum wage at 10:30am. Later, the authority told them to vacate building.
Fearing serious repercussion, the authorities of three RMG factories in the area shut their facilities for Wednesday.
Following the instruction, the workers at one stage began demonstrations and tried to block the busy Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.
A chase and counter-chase started promptly in the area as police tried to intercept. The workers pelted bricks bats to police, locals said.
Police charged batons and lobbed tear gas canisters to disperse the agitating workers, leaving around 50 of them injured.
The injured were taken to nearby clinic and hospital.
Mosaraf Hossain, assistant superintendent of Gazipur Industrial police said the authorities of Jahin Tex, Givency Fashion and KCO Pyia suspended their production for Wednesday, following the chaos.
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