One killed, 50 injured in Bangladesh protest
Last Updated: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 23:35
Dhaka: A man was killed and 50 others were injured in Bangladesh on Sunday when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters demanding higher wages, officials and witnesses said.

The violence erupted at Siddhirganj area of Narayangan at the outskirts of the capital when workers at a pharmaceutical company vandalised vehicles and obstructed traffic movement at a major highway, they said.

"We were forced use rubber bullets and tear gas as the workers turned violent," a police officer at the scene told PTI.

One of the injured worker succumbed to his wounds at a nearby hospital, he added.

A local journalist said some 500 workers, who were demanding higher wages and enhanced retirement benefits, ransacked the pharmaceutical company and then came out to the highway to vandalise vehicles prompting the police action.

Bangladesh in recent years witnessed a spree of factory violence mostly over wages in garments sector but this was the first such incident of violent protest in a unit of the country's booming pharmaceutical industry.


First Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 23:35

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