The workers of various factories around Konabari police station of Gazipur metropolis are protesting demanding salary increase. Agitated workers set fire to two buses after the police fired tearshells to disperse the protesting workers.
From Tuesday (November 7) morning, various garment workers of Konabari and Kashimpur areas took out a procession on the Dhaka-Tangail highway and blocked the highway. The police fired several rounds of tear shells to dislodge them from the highway. After that, the angry workers set fire to two buses. Along with this, car vandalism also happened.
It is known that workers were protesting in the area around Konabari and Kashimpur police stations since Tuesday morning demanding salary increase. During the movement, the police chased the workers several times. Later the police fired tear shells and dispersed the protesting workers. Later the workers became more angry. At one point, agitated workers set fire to two passenger buses on the Dhaka-Tangail highway in Konabari area. The workers organized and occupied the Dhaka-Tangail highway. Multiple teams of police, BGB and RAB are trying to control the situation. At present, the situation is visible in Konabari Kashimpur and Palli Vidyut area.
The fire service worked to control the fire in Gazipur on Tuesday. Photo: Ittefaq
Abdullah Al Arefin, Deputy Assistant Director of Gazipur Fire Service, said, “Agitating workers set fire to two buses demanding salary increase.” After receiving the information, the fire service reached the spot and started working to control the fire.
A bus caught fire in Gazipur on Tuesday. Photo: Ittefaq
Gazipur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mahbub Alam said, ‘Agitating workers blocked the road and set fire to two buses in Konabari. The fire is under control. We have adequate law and order forces on the roads to ensure that the workers do not resort to violence. The salary will be decided by the Wage Board. Hopefully, the situation will become normal.’