Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) –Readymade garment (RMG) workers demonstrated for a sixth consecutive day on Saturday in the capital, Ashulia and Gazipur demanding higher wages.
The protesters’ demands include implementation of the government-announced wage board and disperse the ‘discriminations’ in it.
Continuous protests forced at least 50 factories to suspend operations for the day while pitched battles with police left dozens of workers injured.
RMG workers took to the streets in the morning and put up barricades at Mirpur-1 and Ansar Camp areas, halting vehicular movement. They also demonstrated at Shewrapar, Kazipara, and Begum Rokeya Sarani.
Police said the barricades were withdrawn around noon.
In Gazipur, hundreds of workers from different garment factories staged demonstrations. Police charged batons when workers of 'Target Fashion Factory' tried to block the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway in Chandona Chowrasta.
Workers alleged that thugs hired the factory owners had attacked them in BCL area as they had refused to join work.
RMG workers also fought a pitched battle with police when they tried to block Dhaka-Tangail Highway in BSCIC area in Konabari.
At least 30 factories were closed for the day following the unrest.
Clashes in Savar, Ashulia
At least 20 workers were injured in clashes with police at Jamgora in the morning. The skirmishes prompted at least 20 RMG factories to call off operations for the day.
Border Guard Bangladesh troopers are patrolling the areas to prevent further escalation of unrest.
In Ashulia, at least 10 workers were injured after a clash with police at Kathgora, forcing several factories to close.
Industrial police’s Director Shaminur Rahman said they dispersed workers who tried to block the roads.
Additional police have been deployed in front of the garment factories to prevent escalation of the situation.
Noakhali, Jan 12 (UNB) –Members of Police Bureau of Investigation arrested a man from Moulvi Pukurpara under Chatgaon thana in Chattogram city early Saturday over the killing of his wife in Noakhali Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.
The arrestee was Sheikh Selim, 29, hailing from Lohagara upazila in Narail district, and he worked as mason in Chattogram.
Noakhali Superintendent of Police Md Elias Sharif said that a team of PBI conducted a drive in the area and arrested Selim.
Later, Selim confessed to his involvement in the murder.
Police recovered the severely hacked and slaughtered body of Parvin Akhter Fahima, 17, daughter of Jahurul Haque of Purba Sullukia village, from a jungle adjacent to her house on Wednesday night.
Later, PBI started investigation into the murder.
After tracking phone number of Selim, PBI confirmed his location and arrested him.
Selim informed that he and Fahima got married when they worked in a garment factory in Chattogram. Knowing about his first marriage Fahima denied to stay with Selim and came back to Noakhali.
On Wednesday, Selim came to Noakhli and called Fahima out of her house.
Later, Selim took her to the jungle and killed her, he confessed to the PBI team.
Manikganj, Jan 12 (UNB) – Ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma River resumed after two-hour disruption on Saturday morning due to dense fog.
The authorities of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) suspended the ferry services and plying of water vessels on the route at 6:00am due to blurred visibility caused by dense fog, said Salahuddin, manager of BIWTC Aricha Sector.
Later, the ferry services resumed around 9 am as the fog disappeared.