May 21, 2013 | 07:29 PM (BD Time)
21 May, 2013 Tuesday
2 bidi workers shot dead by Ansar
. bdnews24.com, Kushtia
Two Bidi factory workers were killed and three others were bullet-hit on Sunday as members of Bangladesh Ansar opened fire on a demonstration demanding pay hike at the Akij Bidi Factory Ltd in Kushtia.
According to Daulatpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sheikh Lutfar Rahman the shooting took place around 1:30pm while workers of the factory were staging a demonstration at Hossenabad demanding a raise in their salary and payment of their arrears. The deceased were identified as 'Mintu', 38, and 'Raqibul' 22. The three bullet injured are 'Poresh', 'Humayun' and 'Moni'. The injured were being treated at Upazila Health Complex.
Ansar's Kushtia District Commandant Shah Alam told bdnews24.com the on-duty Ansars shot in the air to disperse the agitating workers following order of the Bidi factory manager.
However, he rejected that the workers were killed by the bullets shot by Ansars. He said the workers joined their pre-scheduled rally carrying 'sharp weapons' and became 'furious' at one point of negotiation with their employer over pay hike.
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