A local journalist in Savar has been arrested for ‘fomenting unrest’ among agitating workers at readymade garment factories in Ashulia.
Ekushey Television’s Savar Correspondent Nazmul Huda has been detained from Ashulia’s Baipail on Friday on the basis of definite proof, said local police OC Mohsinul Kadir.
A case has been started against Huda. “Under the orders of higher authorities he was taken into custody by Detective Police for questioning,” he said.
Police have confiscated Huda’s mobile phone, laptop and the car . He is also the local correspondent of Bangla daily ‘Bangladesh Pratidin,’ said OC Kadir.
As many as 20 people have been arrested so far in connection with the Ashulia workers’ unrest.
Workers at 25 factories went on strike last Monday after furnishing a 16-point charter of demands, including a three-fold monthly age hike.
Though a few ministers met the protesters, the strike continued . On Tuesday, the BGMEA announced an indefinite closure of 55 garment factories.
Windy Apparels and Fountain Garments dismissed 256 workers for instigating unrest.
According to OC Kadir, a case had been filed by Ashulia police station SI Shahadat Hossain against Huda on Friday under the ICT Act.
“The case alleges the suspect spread false and provocative news through television, the media and several Facebook accounts,” he said.
“My brother has been framed,” said Huda’s brother Kamruzzaman. “He reports the news, like everyone else.”
Though other factories opened on Saturday, police had been deployed to guard the 55 factories that have been closed.
RAB and armed police are patrolling the streets.
The industrial area has been quiet since the morning. No untoward incidents have been reported so far.