Alim Jute Mills workers barricade Khulna-Jessore highway

Staff Correspondent . Khulna

Workers of state owned Alim Jute Mills Limited on Thursday barricaded the Khulna-Jessore highway in front of the mill gate at Atra industrial area in Khulna for an hour from 10:00am protesting the government move to privatise the mill, a workplace of around 2000 workers.
As a result, a huge number of vehicles had to remain stranded at both the ends of the barricade.
The workers barricaded the highway under the banner of Alim Jute Mills Privatisation Resistance Committee as a part of their nine-day long agitation demanding immediate cancellation of the moves to privatise the mill.
When the barricade was on and the workers had been chanting slogans to press home their demand, police at around 10:30am made an attempt to foil the barricade charging batons against the protesters, witnesses said.
They said that the agitators who had been carrying sticks, seeing law enforcers in riot mood, stood up to face the situation but local leaders of ruling Awami League calmed the situation asking them not to encounter law enforcers.
Convenor of the resistance committee Abdur Rashid said that law enforcers had made the attempt to foil the peaceful road barricade programme without any provocation.
He threatened to declare fresh agitation programme if their demand was not met immediately.
Md Nasim Khan, officer-in-charge (OC) of Khanjahan Ali Police Station, said they requested the workers to shorten their barricade time as it disrupted transport services on the highway creating severe traffic jam.

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