Savar, May 13 (bdnews24.com) – Readymade garment workers clashed with police near Ashulia for a second day on Sunday, leaving at least 100 people injured.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has called an urgent press conference for Sunday evening to explain its position over two days of violence in the industrial zone where hundreds of factories are located.
Sunday's violence followed death of a female worker who was run over by a bus on Saturday when police chased a group of readymade garments workers. Opex Sweater worker 'Nahara', 30, died when she was run over by the bus while allegedly trying to flee police action.
The chaos began on Saturday after the workers took to the street following a rumour of 'enforced disappearance' of a fellow worker. About 100 people including 10 police officials were also injured on Saturday during violent clashes.
Sunday's violence broke out after the workers blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway around 9am.
Ashulia Police Station Officer-In-Charge (investigation) Mustafa Kamal said on Sunday that the workers brought in tree trunks to block the highway near Narshinghapur and set them on fire around 9am. They also vandalised around 25 vehicles.
He said running battles also took place between the workers and police on Sunday and at the height of the clash at around 10am, police had fired rubber bullets and tear shells.
Ashulia Zone ASP Fashiur Rahman said traffic on the highway resumed around noon when the workers stepped back.
He said general holiday remained in force in over 100 factories on Sunday because of the tension amid fear of further violence.
The workers took to the street on Saturday to protest against detention of a worker of Ha-Meem Group's Artistic Design Limited who was detained on Thursday after he allegedly attacked an official of the group.
Thursday's detention of the worker followed an altercation with an official over talking on mobile phone during work. The authorities of Artistic Design handed over the worker to police as he had allegedly beat up the official.
Meanwhile, police on Sunday produced 'Salman' in front of the Artistic factory workers to burry rumours that he died in custody.
FBCCI president and Ha-Meem Group's Managing Director A K Azad told bdnews24.com that the disorder involved the rumour that the worker was killed and his dead body was disposed of.