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Staff Correspondent
Hundreds of readymade garment workers, protesting the ‘discriminatory wage board for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, locked in clashes with policemen, leaving dozens of people injured.
Like the previous two days, they blocked busy roads and highways in Dhaka and Savar, demanding cancellation of disparity in salary.
Following chase and counter-chase between agitated RMG workers and police, severe traffic chaos was created at different important points in the city and on its outskirts Savar.
And sufferings of passengers were untold as traffic movement came to a complete standstill for the labour unrest. In Uttarkhan and Dakhshinkhan areas of Uttara, the workers began their protest by staging demonstrations.
Police said the workers started to gather in front of their respective factories from 9am and tried to lay a siege on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at the airport intersection.
On Mirpur, Kalshi areas, workers from early morning started gathering to block roads to fulfil their demand. But policemen dispersed them.
Witnesses said from early morning in front of 22-storey building, workers took to streets. Then police dispersed them, but they came back to block roads.
While visiting, this correspondent found additional law enforcers were deployed to avert any untoward incidents.
On the other hand, at around 11 am, workers at Uttara and Abdullahpur gathered on the busy Dhaka-Mymonshingha highway. Hence, a long tailback was created on from Azampur to Abdullahpur via Jashimpur road.
In Savar, at least 20 people were hurt in clashes during demonstrations at Hemayetpur around 8:30am, our local correspondent reports quoting witnesses and police.
The clash ensued when police fired several tear gas canisters and charged batons to disperse demonstrators from taking possession of a main road in the area.
Besides, workers of garment factories on both sides of Rokeya Sarani in Pallabi area also staged demonstration that also halted vehicular movement in the areas for several hours since morning.
Pallabi Police officer-in-charge said, they were trying to remove them, but they kept protesting blocking one side of the road. Vehicular movement another side of the road is trying to keep normal.
But they are trying to keep situation under control and negotiate with the owners and workers.