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RMG workers clash with police in N’ganj over unpaid wages
At least 50 people, mostly readymade garment factory workers and a few cops, were injured during sporadic clashes between the workers and police near Adamzee Export Processing Zone in Narayanganj on Monday, police said.
The clash started when police charged baton on the Saud Garments Industry Limited workers who blocked Narayanganj-Adamjee-Demra Road in the morning demanding unpaid wages of last few months.
Narayanganj Industrial Police director Zahidul Islam said the workers took to the street at about 7:00am.
The blockade led to sever traffic congestion on both sides of the road and cops, after an hour, asked them to leave the road for traffic movement, said Zahidul Islam.
As the workers refused to withdraw, police tried to remove them forcibly and the workers started fighting with the cops, he said.
Workers pelted cops with stones as police fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, he added.
Workers said there were nearly 3000 workers in Saud Garments factory. Their wage became irregular in last five to six months.
Moreover, the factory was laid off without prior notice on September 22, they added.
They started demonstration after learning that the factory was laid off, but withdrew the protests as the factory administration assured them that their unpaid wages and other arrears would be paid on October 22, workers said.
The workers, however, found the factory closed on Monday morning and started protests for wages, they said.
Finding no other way, workers started demonstration and blocked the road, they further said.
They, however, admitted that some of the protesters set fire to a covered van and broke some vehicles.
Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority deputy manager Nasrin Akhter said the workers withdrew their five-hour-long blockade after they were guaranteed that their arrears would be paid on November 15.