The police on Wednesday morning foiled a human chain of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal in front of the National Press Club.
The labour front of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party organised the demonstration, protesting at the government decision to suspend sugarcane crushing at six state-owned sugar mills.
The party leaders and activists as per their pre-scheduled programme came to the press club at about 11:00am to stage their demonstration and took their position there, the organisation leaders said.
But in no time, they said, the police on-duty in the area arrived at the scene and prevented them from forming the human chain.
They said that they had been given no written permission from the police required for staging the demonstration though they had submitted an application to Shahbagh police station earlier for holding the human chain.
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy was scheduled to speak at the demonstration as the chief guest.
‘As the police foiled our demonstration, we left the spot, marched towards Bijaynagar and held a short rally near Srama Bhaban to press our demands and protesting at the police attack foiling our demonstration, which is our democratic right,’ Sramik Dal president Anwar Hossain told New Age.
He demanded immediate withdrawal of the government’s decision taken on December 1 to suspend sugarcane crushing in six state-owned jute mills.
Shahbagh police officer-in-charge Mamun-or-Rashid told New Age that they did not allow Sramik Dal to hold the ‘gathering’ as they had no permission from the police which was needed for doing so.
Sramik Dal organised the demonstration in solidarity with the state-owned sugar mill workers and their contract growers who have been staging demonstrations in their mill areas, protesting at the government decision to suspend sugarcane crushing.
The mill workers alleged that the suspension was a trick of the government to close the mills permanently.
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