Garment worker's death sparks violent protests in Savar
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Angry garment workers barricaded highway at Hemayetpur in Savar Friday morning for two hours following a road accident in which a speeding bus crushed a garment worker to death at 7:40 am, police said.

The situation was brought under control as the local administration along with army, Rab and police personnel arrived at the place of occurrence and managed the crisis.

Savar police station SI Faruque told, "After a colleague was crushed to death under the wheels of a bus owned by Janaseba Paribahan, agitated garment workers put up barricades across the Dhaka-Aricha highway near Hemayetpur bus-stop, which disrupted traffic movement for two hours.

The situation has been brought under control since 10 am and the traffic movement is normal now." Nasiruddin, 26, a sewing helper of AKH Garments located near Hemayetpur bus stand died after being crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus as he was crossing the highway while returning home from work at 7:40 am in the morning.

The deceased hailed from Parshaturia village under Kaukhali upazila of Pirojpur. As the news spread, over a hundred garment workers rushed to the spot of accident and vandalised a number of local buses and minibuses, when the transport workers protested and chased them.

Subsequently, more garment workers assembled in the area and barricaded the highway after vandalising 4/5 more buses. Bangladesh army, Rab and police personnel arrived at the spot at around 9:30 am and the UNO, Savar sat with the agitated workers to discuss the matter.

Following the meeting, the debacle was resolved, the workers cleared the highway for traffic at 10 am and then hundreds of vehicles held up on the highway began moving.

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