One dead, 200 injured in Bangladesh clash
The clash erupted when baton-wielding cops swung into action to disperse workers who were staging demonstration to push their demands.india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 11:43 IST
Tension remained high on Friday in Bangladesh's second port city of Khulna a day after a worker was killed in police firing and over 200 others were injured during demonstrations.
Of the injured, 30 were hurt critically, as striking jute mill workers fought with policemen in Khalishpur industrial belt on the outskirts of Khulna.
The dead was identified as Mohammad Hanif, 20, a muster roll worker of Eastern Jute Mills.
About 150 of the injured workers were treated at hospitals while others were admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital, Khalishpur health complex and Khulna sadar hospital, residents said.
In protest against the police firing, the Pat, Suta O Bastrakal Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad, worker' union conglomerate, announced a five-day agitation programme including a daylong road-rail blockade.
The clash erupted when baton-wielding police swung into action to disperse the workers who were staging demonstration to push their 8-point charter of demands.
Police said the jute mill workers had held a rally and then went on a rampage in BIDC road area forcing the use of force to calm the "rowdy" workers.
During the fierce clashes, police charged batons, fired rubber bullets, lobbed tear gas canisters and fired from shotguns on the millers, media reports said, quoting witnesses.