A bus of Ajmeri Paribahan was set on fire in Konabari area of Gazipur metropolis. However, the law and order forces could not confirm anything about who started the fire.
Additional Superintendent of Police of Gazipur Shilpa Police-2 Emran Ahmed said that a passenger bus caught fire in Konabari area at 11 am on Tuesday (November 7). It is not yet certain whether the besiegers or garment factory workers started the fire.
He said, this morning in Konabari Kashimpur area, the owner is giving away many garments. I don’t know why the owner is giving leave. It may be their official decision.
A garment factory worker who did not wish to be named said, “We don’t know who is setting the fire.” I came to work on Tuesday morning. The gatekeeper told me to go home. When asked the reason, he said, there was a problem yesterday. Today may also be a problem so today is a garment holiday. I am going home now.
It is reported that on Monday, the workers protested in Kashimpur, Zarun and Konabari areas of the metropolis demanding an increase in salary. At this time, they blocked the road by burning various banners and wood along with tires. When the police intervened, the protesting workers were chased by the police. At least four people, including a female worker, were injured. Police fired tearshells and sound grenades to bring the situation under control.
Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) Kashimpur Police Station OC Syed Rafiul Karim said that most of the factories in Kashimpur, Hatimara, Jita Mor, Jarun and Konabari areas of the metropolis have been closed due to workers’ dissatisfaction demanding a minimum wage of Tk 23,000.
Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) Konabari Zone Assistant Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman said that after the lunch break on Monday, the workers of some factories protested without joining work. To control the situation due to the workers’ protest, the authorities announced a holiday in several factories in the vicinity from noon that day.