At least 20 people were injured and 10 vehicles were damaged when apparel workers clashed with police and unidentified hooligans in suburban Savar on Wednesday, witnesses said.
As several hundreds workers who escaped death after a 8-storey building collapse were staging protests in Savar, blocking the busiest Dhaka-Aricha highway, unidentified group of hooligans attacked them with rods and sticks prompting a clash between them, our local correspondent reported, quoting witnesses.
The police who were deployed in the area also began chasing the workers at around 12.45pm. The clash and the road blockade created a 10-kilometre tailback in the highway.
The workers were employed in five apparel factories housed in the Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24, killing 1,127 people.
The agitating seamstresses demanded that the government publish a missing list, compensate the injured and family members of the dead workers and rehabilitate the survivors.
Police lobbed several rounds of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets to disperse the agitating workers that left 20 apparel workers injured. The angry workers damaged 10 vehicles by throwing stones.
Masud Rumel, a sub-inspector of police of Savar, said the situation is under control and vehicular movement has resumed.
The workers united under the banner of Rana Plaza Garment Worker Union gathered in front of the collapsed building site at around 10.00am and blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway.
They shouted slogans and demanded highest punishment to the owner of Rana Plaza, Sohel Rana.
Source: New Age
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