10 hurt in Savar apparel worker-cop clashUNB. Savar / New Age Online
At least 10 people, including a policeman, were injured as apparel workers clashed with police at different places in Savar upazila during a demonstration Monday.
The workers were demanding to set their minimum wage at Tk 8,000 a month.
The authorities were forced to declare at least 15 readymade garment factories closed for the day following the incident.
Officer-in-charge (Investigation) Aminur Rahman of Savar Police Station said workers of Al-Ihsan Garments, Al-Muslim Garments, Pride Group, HR Textile and some other garment units of Ulail and Karnapara area went on a work abstention in the morning and staged demonstration to push for fixing their minimum wage at Tk 8,000.
The demonstrating workers tried to put up barricade on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway, disrupting traffic for almost an hour from 9:30 am.
A chase and counter-chase took place between police and the RMG workers.
The angry workers pelted police with brickbats when the law enforcers lobbed teargas shells and changed baton to disperse them, leaving at least nine workers and a police sub-inspector injured.
Among the injured, an unidentified apparel worker was admitted to Enam Medical College Hospital.
Vehicular movement on the highway returned to normalcy after 10:15am.
Additional law enforcers were deployed in the area to avoid further trouble.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion were also patrolling the area.
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