Rumour causes massive worker unrest

Workers of a garment factory in Kaliakoir upazila blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway for over two hours following the rumour of a fellow’s death in a road accident yesterday.

At least 10 workers were injured as police fired blank shots and teargas to break up the agitated workers who vandalised some vehicles on the highway.

Police and factory workers said a Leguna (an improvised passenger vehicle) hit Jahura Aktar, 30, a female worker of ATS Apparels in Telirchala area on her way to the workplace around 7:45am. Jahura sustained minor injuries in the foot.

Locals took her to Matriseba clinic in Konabari area, but a rumour was soon in the air that the female garment worker died in the road crash.

Driven by the rumour, several hundred workers of the garment factory took to the street and put up the barricade at Telirchala and vandalised 10-12 vehicles.

On information, Kaliakoir, Gazipur Industrial police and Konabari highway police rushed to the spot to control the situation. But as the workers were getting furious, police resorted to batons and teargas, leaving some of the agitators injured.

Police and workers also chased each other.

Mir Rakibul Haq, officer-in-charge of Kaliakoir Police Station, confirmed the incident and said traffic situation became normal after the workers withdrew the blockade at 10:30am.



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