In Gazipur, two buses were set on fire and several cars were vandalized by garment workers agitating for salary hike.
Police and fire service said that the incident took place in Konabari area of Gazipur city on Tuesday morning.
Ashraf Uddin, OC KM of Konabari police station, said that the workers of the area around Konabari and Kashimpur police station protested and blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway since morning demanding salary increase. At this time, there were several rounds of police chase with the workers.
Later, the police fired tear gas and dispersed the protesters as they continued to throw bricks and mortars. Then the workers moved a little and set fire to two passenger buses on the Dhaka-Tangail highway; Several vehicles were vandalized. It disrupts traffic on the highway.
Abdullah Al Arefin, deputy assistant director of Gazipur Fire Service, said that Kashimpur mini fire station staff went and brought the fire under control in about half an hour. Some parts including the seats of the two buses were burnt. However, no casualty was reported.
OC Ashraf also said that later more police, BGB, RAB teams went and brought the situation under control around 11:30 am. Traffic on the road is normal.
Locals said that since this incident, the situation has been stagnant in Konabari, Kashimpur and Palli Vidyut areas.
Gazipur Metropolitan Police Commissioner (DB & Media) Ibrahim Khan said that there are sufficient members of the law and order force on the road so that the workers cannot carry out any violence.