20 hurt in agitation over pay

At least 20 people were injured as police charged batons on Dhaka Tobacco Industries’ workers yesterday after they blocked Dhaka-Narsingdi road demanding pay hike.

Police said workers of a factory of Dhaka Tobacco staged street demonstration demanding increase in their wage in front of the main gate of the factory from 7:00am to 11:00am.

Demonstrators also damaged properties and five-six passing vehicles.

On information, police rushed in and used sticks to drive the demonstrators out of the road, triggering chases and counter chase.

Angry protesters brick batted at police who fired tear gas canisters to control the situation.

Later, they withdraw road blockade following promise made by the authority to consider their demand.

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