30 hurt in weaver-cop clash over power cuts

At least 30 people including local UNO and nine cops were injured when power loom workers protesting frequent load shedding clashed with police in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj Monday night.

The workers vandalised at least 10 vehicles after blocking the Dhaka-Gopaldi road in the upazila, reports our Narayanganj correspondent.

The law enforcers had to charge batons on the workers and also shot at least 40 bullets to bring the situation under control, Ashrafuzzaman, sub-inspector of Araihazar Police Station, said.

Some 4,000 to 5,000 workers are involved with over 100 power loom factories located in the upazila. They get their payment based on production.

Their payment has been decreased in these days following the frequent power cuts, the workers claimed.

Protesting the load shedding, the angry workers brought out a procession in the upazila around 7:30pm and also attacked a Palli Bidyut sub station at Mahmudpur.

Later, they blocked the road and vandalised the vehicles, the SI said.

On information, police rushed to the spot and tried to quell the demonstrators. To disperse the workers, the law enforcers charged truncheons on them triggering a clash that left 30 people injured, he added.

Sarwar Hossain, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO); Kawser, sub inspector of the local police station; and eight other policemen were among the injured.

Transport movement of the Dhaka-Gopaldi road remained suspended for two hours till 9:30pm following the clash.
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