Garment workers attacked a fire service office, looted several central processing units (CPUs) and vandalised at least 12 vehicles in Savar this morning following a brawl with firemen.
At least 53 people including firemen and police were injured in the attack that subsequently turned into a clash, reports our Savar correspondent.
Vehicular movement on the highway remained suspended for one and a half hours following the incident, said Md Mosi Uddowla Reza, senior assistant superintendent of Savar Model Police Station.
The fire station came under attack around 7:30am when a bus carrying workers of Al Muslims Group hit a barricade in front of the office while taking a u-turn.
As an on-duty fireman, Mehedi Hassan, shouted at them, the workers got down off the bus and locked into a brawl with the staff.
At one stage, the agitating workers entered the office and vandalised all the window panes and furniture, leaving Mehedi and two other staff injured.
They also looted a number of CPUs and torched a motorcycle and two vehicles of the fire service office, the police official said.
Meantime, around 2,000 workers from the garments, which is within 20 yards off the fire service office, rushed to the scene and vandalised at least 10 vehicles on the highway, he said.
The fire service staff claimed that the workers also attacked the house of stationmaster Khan Khalilur Rahman which is on the office compound and snatched his daughter’s gold chain.
On information, police reached the spot around 9:00am and fired several round of rubber bullets and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the marauding workers, who also retaliated by throwing brick chips.
At least 53 people including seven police men were injured during the clash.
Of the injured, three were rushed to a local clinic.