Police charge RMG workers, 2 crushed to death by truck

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The garment workers protested by blocking the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway after seeing their factories shut down without prior notice

Two readymade garment workers were killed when they came under the wheels of  a truck in Mymensingh’s Bhaluka upazila.

The incident took place at around 12pm on Monday when a group of workers ran for safety after the police baton-charged and fired teargas shells to disperse them in the area.

The deceased are Harun Ur Rashid, 34, of Crown Wears Ltd, and Jewel Mia of Square Fashions.

Bhoradoba Highway police outpost In-Charge Al Mahmud Adnan said workers of Crown Wears Ltd were protesting in the Jamirdia Masterbari area under Bhaluka upazila since 10am on Monday, blocking the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway.

When the industrial police baton-charged and fired teargas shells to disperse the workers, some workers ran away and suddenly came in front of a Dhaka-bound truck.

Noticing their sudden presence, the truck driver lost control and hit a road divider. 

As the driver lost control, the truck turned over and crushed the two workers, killing them instantly.

The driver was also injured and was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, said the police official.

Reason for the protest

Workers alleged that the Crown Wears Ltd authorities had shut down their factories on Monday morning without prior notice.

After seeing the notice and their factories closed on Monday morning, they began to protest by blocking the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway and demanded their salaries.

They also demanded justice for the death of their two co-workers.

The factory authorities were unavailable for comment over the shutdown.