Fire at Gazipur RMG unit under control

06 copy (646 x 430)Authorities of the factory claimed that the fire burnt valuables worth Tk5,000 crore

GAZIPUR : The fire at the readymade garment (RMG) factory at Konabari in the city which RMG workers set ablaze on Thursday night was brought under control on Friday, reports UNB.
Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze after 12 hours of efforts at 11:00 am on Friday. A group of RMG workers set fire to the factory following a rumour over death of their two fellows in a clash with police.
Quoting locals, police said the workers were holding a rally in Jarun area near the Standard Garment Factory over their scores of demand at 11:30 pm on Thursday.
Being informed, police went to the rally venue and fired several rounds of bullet and lobbed teargas shells to disperse them, triggering a clash. As a rumour spread that two of their fellows died in the clash, the garment workers flew into rage and swooped on the Standard Garment Factory and set the factory afire at about 11:30 am on its ground floor where there were stored packaging materials. The blaze in a moment spread to other floors of the 10-storey building.
They also vandalised 20 vehicles parked inside the factory. On information, 13 firefighting units reached the area but the workers barred them from entering the factory premises. Authorities of the factory claimed that the fire burnt valuables worth Tk5,000 crore. However, no causality was reported as there were no employees inside at that time.