Garment workers’ demonstration protesting the new wage structure by the government continued for the 7th consecutive days in the capital and adjacent areas despite the assurance of government and garment leaders to resolve the problem.
Workers of different garment factories on Saturday came on the roads and carried out demonstrations at several points in the capital, including Technical road, Darus Salam, Sewrapara, and Mirpur-14.
The garment workers in Ashulia area on that day created a barricade on Dhaka-Tangail highway but police dispersed them peacefully.
Besides, thousands of workers demonstrated and created barricades on Abdullahpur-Baipail road and bent on colliding with law enforcers.
During protesting, they vandalized at least 10 cars in that area.
Several platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), along with police, were deployed there to avoid any unwanted situation.
In Mirpur-14, workers from many garment factories gathered in the area too, and the traffic movement on Mirpur-Kalshi road remained halted for about an hour.
Sub-inspector of Kafrul Police Station said the workers’ demonstration stopped the traffic movement for a while but police took control of the situation, and nothing repugnant happened.
A number of pedestrians told that the traffic congestion was at a horrible situation in almost all areas in Shyamoli, Mohammadpur, Farmgate, Agargaon due to workers’ strikes in the area.
Mafiz Uddin, additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said workers’ strikes caused traffic congestions in some areas of the capital but police controlled the situation effectively and peacefully.
5 workers detained
On the other hand, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained 5 workers from Tongi area in Gazipur on the charge of vandalising nine garment factories since Friday night to Saturday morning.
RAB-1 commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Sarwar Bin Kashem said the detainees led the factory vandalisation during the protests. After interrogation, the reason behind the vandalisation might be unveiled.
‘’They wanted to fulfil the ill-motives of some vested groups, and the law enforcers are collecting evidences on the issue,’’ he added.