RMG worker’s death sparks violent protest in Gazipur

The death of a female garment worker in a hit and run accident at Shalna in Gazipur on Friday sparked violent protests, interrupting vehicular movement on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.

Several passengers of around 20 buses, which came under attack, on the road also sustained minor injury as agitating workers damaged windshields of the vehicles during over two-hour long road blockade starting around 9:15am.

Locals said widow Morsheda Begum, 55, a worker of a garment factory of Prity Group in Shalna was crushed under the wheels of a speeding truck at around 9:00am while she was crossing Dhaka-Mymenshing highway in the area.

The driver of the Mymensingh-bound truck, however, managed to flee the scene, locals and police said.

Her body was taken to her village home at Airmari village of Bakshiganj in Jamalpur for burial.

Locals added as the news spread, around 1,000 factory workers thronged to the spot and started damaging glasses of vehicles plying on the road indiscriminately.

Panicked gripped the passengers of the attacked vehicles and they were fleeing from the spot, locals said adding that on both the sides many vehicles got stranded.

Locals said at least 20 vehicles mostly buses got damaged while police claimed only two.

During the agitation fellow workers were demanding a speed reducer on the road in front of the factory as a deterrent, locals said adding that it took around one hour for Joydevpur police to reach the spot due to long queue of the stranded vehicles.

Sub-inspector Abul Kalam Azad of Joydevpur police station said over phone that they managed to subdue the angry crowd at around 11:30am by assuring them that a speed reducer would be built there.

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