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Over 100 hurt in RMG workers-cops collision

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Over 100 people, including 15 policemen, were injured as garment workers clashed with police at Fatullah while staging demonstration for minimum wage of Tk8,000 for the 6th straight day on Thursday.   Witnesses said several thousand of workers from 10-12 garment factories took to the streets and blocked the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road near Shibu Market and Lama para around 10 am, disrupting traffic for three and a half hours.   When police fired rubber bullets and tear shells to disperse the unruly workers they attacked police, triggering a fierce clash.   Some of the garment workers, including Pintu Mollah, Babu, Sabur and Russel, received bullet wound during the clash.   At one stage, the agitated workers vandalised 15-20 vehicles, including five vehicles of ‘Utsab Paribahan’, two covered vans, one auto-rickshaw and one vehicle of Narayanganj City Corporation.   The injured policemen were admitted to 200-bed hospital at Khanpur in the city.   Additional police super Masud Ahmed of Narayanganj Industrial police-4 said over 100 rounds of rubber bullet and tear shells were fired to bring the situation under control.   Additional police have been deployed to avert further trouble. – UNB

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