At least 10 garment workers were injured as police charged batons on them after they blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway at Maleker Bari area demanding their salaries and other dues on Sunday.
Police said the workers of Knit and Knitex Ltd at Dagerchala of Gachha area blocked the highway at about 10:00am to press their demands, including arrears.
Several hundred workers from adjacent factories joined the protesters in blocking traffic for about four hours on the highway which caused serious traffic jam.
Gachha police station officer-in-charge Kazi Ismail Hossain said the factory management paid half of the wages for August before Eid-ul-Azha holiday and announced that it would pay the arrears on September 12.
Workers started protests for arrears on Saturday as the management failed to pay them accordingly.
Police, however, managed to send the workers back to their residences for the day.
On Sunday, workers started their protests and blocked the road after a rumour was spread among the workers that one of their fellows died and sever hospitalised in the morning after drinking water supplied by the factory on Saturday night.
They demanded arrears and sought justice in the incident of supplying ‘contaminated water.’
Several hundred workers from nearby factories extended their support to the agitating workers and accompanied them in road block programme.
The agitating workers also vandalised a couple of vehicles, witnesses said.
Assistant superintendent of Gazipur industrial police Amirul Islam said they charged batons and used tear gas to disperse the workers from the highway at about 1:45pm.
To avoid any untoward incident around 20 factories of the area were closed, said Kazi Ismail Hossain.
Traffic on the highway resumed around 2:00pm, the OC said.
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