Over 100 garment factories shutdown in Gazipur
Owners have declared shutdown of over 100 garment factories in Gazipur for Thursday due to security concerns.
The decision was taken on Wednesday as garment workers from Gazipura and Naojore areas under Gazipur City Corporation are staging protests for increasing the structure of minimum wage and its implementation.
Meanwhile, the agitated workers blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, halting the vehicular movement on the busy highway that has created a traffic jam.
Later, police dispersed them by throwing tear gas, leaving at least 20 workers, including journalists, injured.
Under the circumstances, authorities have announced shutdown in more than 100 factories in different areas of Gazipur.
Police and workers said workers from Gazipura area in Tongi of Gazipur started protest demanding an increase of the minimum wage structure and its implementation.
Workers of several factories, including Diganta Sweater factories in the capital, came to the streets raising the same demand.
At one stage, they created a blockade on the highway and set fire to the tires and dumped on Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail highways, disrupting vehicular movement.
On information, industrial police, thana police and highway police rushed to the spot and tried to remove workers from the highway. At that time, chase and counter-chase incidents took place between police personnel and unruly workers.
Workers made attack on Channel24 Gazipur correspondent Rafiqul Islam and ransacked his motorcycle, camera and mobile phone. They, later, took away his wallet.
At least 20 workers were injured as police charged baton on them and threw tear-shells to calm the situation.
Besides, garment workers also staged protest in BSCIC area of Tongi. Workers allegedly set fire to a garment factory in Tongi BSCIC area of Gazipur. Later, on information, fire servicemen of Tongi rushed to the spot and doused the fire.
Meanwhile, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has been deployed in front of garment factories in Gazipur to keep the situation under control.