Workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jashore went on an indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday noon to press home their 11-point demand, including implementation of the wage commission and payment of regular wages.
Abstaining from regular activities, around 50 thousand workers of Star, Platinum, Crescent, Alim, Eastern, Daulatpur and Khalishpur jute mills in Khulna and JJI and Carpeting jute mills in Jashore took position in front of main entrances of the jute mills and started the strike programme at 3pm.
The agitating workers said they are leading inhumane life as they are not paid wages. The situation forced them to go on strike.
Md Murad Hossain, former president of the Crescent Jute Mill, said the workers went on strike voluntarily.
“The strike will continue until the authorities meet the 11-point demand,” he added.
The 11-point demand also includes cancellation of public-private ownership of the jute mills, allotting necessary fund for jute sector and others.
The High Court (HC) has rejected bail petition ofsuspended director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Khandaker Enamul Bashir over a Tk 40 lakh bribery scandal.
An HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq on Tuesday turned down the petition considering that the petition was not presented, said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.
Advocate Hasanuzzaman Ujjal appeared for Bashir.
On July 22, a team of the national anti-graft body arrested Bashir from his Dar-us-Salam residence in city’s Mirpur around 10:15pm over the bribery scandal.
A Dhaka court sent him to jail on July 23 in a case that accuses him of accepting Tk 40 lakh as bribe.
On July 16, ACC filed a case against suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman and ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir over the bribery scandal.
A private TV channel brought the incident into the forefront by broadcasting a report that showed Deputy Inspector General Mizanur Rahman gave Tk 40 lakh to Enamul to get a clean chit in a corruption case.
He was suspended on June 10 for allegedly leaking information, a breach of his job discipline.