Over 200 people were injured, most of them with rubber bullets, as garment workers of Hall-Mark Group fought pitched battles with police on the capital’s outskirts Savar Tuesday morning.
The clashes are the sequel of demonstration that started in the early hours of morning when a large number of workers of different garment units of Hall-Mark Group gathered in front of their office at Hemayetpur demanding immediate payment of their arrears and eid bonus.
At first police drove the demonstrating workers from the office premises. After facing police resistance, the workers put barricades at Jorpul point on the Dhaka-Aricha highway and damaged several vehicles, causing massive suffering for holidaymakers heading home for the puja and eid vacations.
The marauding workers attacked the law enforcers when they again tried to disperse the workers from the highway, prompting the sporadic clashes that were continuing till 11:30am. The casualties were reported as the law enforcers fired rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrating workers and contain the unrest. Different units of Hall-Mark Group, owned by Tanvir Mahmud, were shut down recently following labour unrest. The Hall-Mark Group came to the spotlight as the company was accused of embezzling huge amount of money from the Ruposhi Bangla branch of Sonali Bank in Dhaka.