Savar, Jun 12 (bdnews24.com) -- Police clashed with stone-throwing readymade garment workers demanding better wages after the protesters blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway at Narasinghapur on Tuesday.
Initial reports said scores were injured in the ensuing clashes while police charged with batons to disperse the workers.
Authorities of about 50 factories in the industrial zone kept their facilities closed fearing further violence for a second day on Tuesday.
Tuesday's chaos followed similar clashes on Monday when the workers of Ha-Meem Group, owned by FBCCI President AK Azad, blocked the road and clashed with the security officials. About 50 people were injured on Monday.
Police and witnesses said about 1,000 workers of the Artistic Design Limited, a subsidiary of Ha-Meem Group, gathered at Narasinghapur around 9am on Tuesday. As they blocked the road there and started demonstrating, workers from other nearby factories joined them.
Tuesday's clashes broke out after police intervened to remove the workers from the road.
Ashulia Police Station chief Sheikh Badrul Alam told bdnews24.com that the workers blocked a stretch of around one-and-a-half-kilometre of the highway.
Traffic, however, resumed around 12:30pm, Dhamrai Police Station OC (Investigation) Abdur Rashid, who is on the spot, said.
Mir Fusiar Rahman, Assistant Police Superintendent of Industrial Police in Ashulia, said about 50 factories in Narasinghapur, Jamgarha, Baipail and Jirabo areas remained inoperative on Tuesday morning because of the violence.