Seven women apparel workers injured in police firing in N’ganj

Our Correspondent . Narayanganj

Police firing on apparel workers’ sit-in injured 15 women apparel workers in Fatullah of Narayanganj on Sunday.
Among the injured, seven sustained bullet wounds, said workers and doctors. They were taken to Khanpur General Hospital.
Garments Sramik Trade Union Narayanganj district unit president MA Shahin said some 400 workers of Jabbar Fashion Garments in East Isdair of Fatulla were staging a sit-in in demand of their outstanding salaries on Sunday morning in front of the factory, which was shut down without prior notice on April 16.
At about 9am, police asked the protesters to leave the place, triggering a heated exchange among them.
At one stage, police started charging batons and firing gunshots on the protesters, leaving at least 15 injured.
Among the injured, Mariam, Rozina, Rehana, Parvin, Sheuli, Rekha and Munni sustained bullet wounds, said Khanpur General Hospital’s emergency unit physicians.
Workers said the factory owners had promised them to pay their outstanding salaries of March and half of April on Sunday morning. But the owners did not come, but sent the police.
Narayanganj industrial police additional superintendent Jahirul Islam said the workers started pelting bricks seeing the police presence there.
‘Police fired 10 rounds of shotgun bullet to contain the situation’, he claimed.

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