Industrial police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse workers at a clothing factory who were protesting today against the dismissal of 10 of their colleagues in Gazipur’s Tongi district.
Employees of Crossline Need Fabric Limited have been protesting inside the factory for the past three days, saying that their colleagues were fired without “justified reasons”.
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Demanding the reinstatement of the 10 fired colleagues, the workers went on strike and started protesting in front of the factory in the Badam area – stopping the movement of vehicles on the Badam-Tongi ring road.
According to information, the police rushed to the spot and asked them to clear the road. In a dispute with law enforcement, workers threw brick chips, injuring six police officers and three Ansar members.
To bring the situation under control, police and Ansar members fired at least 60 tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, said Siddiqur Rahman, Gazipur Industrial Police Inspector.
The workers claimed that 50 of them were injured in the police action. The injured were treated at various pharmacies.
The injured law enforcement officers received first aid from Tongi Ahsan Ullah General Hospital, the SP said, adding that no injuries were reported among the workers.
Authorities later closed the plant indefinitely.
Our correspondent in Gazipur could not contact the factory manager as he did not answer phone calls.