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Attack on Mantu Ghosh

30 hurt as RMG workers clash with police at Kanchpur

Our Correspondent . Narayanganj

The police attack workers of Sinha Group, who were rallying against the attack on their leader Mantu Ghosh, at Kanchpur in Narayanganj on Sunday. — New Age photoThe police attack workers of Sinha Group, who were rallying against the attack on their leader Mantu Ghosh, at Kanchpur in Narayanganj on Sunday. — New Age photo

Apparel workers blocked Dhaka–Sylhet Highway at Kachpur in Narayanganj for about three hours in protest at an attack on labour leader Mantu Ghosh and clashed with the police in which at least 30 were injured.
Several hundred workers of Sinha Apparels and it sister concerns went on demonstrations in protest against Saturday’s attack by miscreants on the Garment Sramik Trade Union Centre president, Mantu Ghosh.
Mantu and three others were assaulted in front of Sinha Textile Factory at Kachpur after the reopening of the factory which was closed on May 21 over protests by workers against the termination of the job of 126 workers.
Several hundred workers and it sister concerns went to work about 8:00am on Sunday but they did join work and started rallying demanding trial of the people who on Saturday had attacked their leader.
The workers suddenly brought out processions from the factory premises and blocked the highway about 10:00am. Vehicles got stuck tailing for a few miles on both ends of the road stretch.
The workers also attacked three shops near the Sinha industry and vandalised the shops.
Unit 4 of the industrial police and personnel from the Sonargaon police reached the spot and tried to disperse the workers.
The workers pelted the lawmen with stones and the police attacked the workers and  fired rubber bullets and teargas, in which at least 30 became injured.
The Sonargaon police officer in charge, Md Harunar Rashid, said that he had also been injured along with two subinspectors and four constables.
Director of Unit 4 industrial police Mahbubul Alam said that the situation was under control and police deployment had been reinforced. Four personnel of the industrial police were injured in the incident, he said.
Production at the factories were suspended.
Mantu could not be reached for his comments despite several attempts.
No case was filed till Sunday afternoon in connection with Saturday’s attack on Mantu.




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