Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013


10 hurt in cop-worker clash in Savar

20 vehicles vandalised

At least 10 people were injured in a series of clashes between workers and police in Savar on Tuesday.

The agitating workers vandalised 20 vehicles, disrupting traffic movement on the Dhaka-Aricha highway.

The workers have been demonstrating against the deaths of their fellow workers in Savar building collapse and death penalty to the building owner, Sohel Rana.

Rana Plaza, a nine-storey building housing five garment factories, a branch of Brac Bank and a shopping complex, collapsed on April 24 trappings several thousand people inside it. The building collapse death toll now stands 386.

Locals said hundreds of workers started demonstration at different points in Savar including Hotapara, Genda, Urail and Rajfulbaria since 8:30am Tuesday.

The clashes erupted when police rushed to the spots and tried to free the highway.

Police fired several rubber bullets in the air and teargas shells and dispersed the workers around 10:30am.

Additional police have been posted at different strategic points on the highway to avert any untoward incidents.

Meanwhile, garment staff and workers and Industrial police organised two human chains on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Boardbazar and Malekerbari in Gazipur in the morning demanding work-friendly atmosphere for the workers at their workplaces.

Industrial police organised the human chain in order to raise awareness to save the garment industry, said Selim Reza, inspector of industrial police in Gazipur.