Expressing solidarity with the movement of the workers of state-owned jute mills students of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) formed a human-chain and brought out a silent procession on the campus on Saturday.
The programme was held in front of the central library, Kilo road and at the main entrance of the university at noon.
Carrying posters that read “Accept the 11-point demand including payment of due wages of jute mill workers” and “Death of worker during hunger strike a state murder”, students participated in the human-chain programme at around 1:15pm in front of the central library.
After the human-chain programme, students took part in the silent procession and then gathered at the main entrance of the university for a brief meeting.
Tanvir Akand, Shahriar Abedin, students of physics department and Touhiduzzaman Jewel, a student from the chemistry department spoke at the meeting.
During the workers’ strike until death on December 12, Abdur Sattar, 55, a worker of Platinum Jute Mills, fell sick and died at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
Besides more than 200 workers fell sick and were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital.
Production at nine state-owned jute mills remained suspended since December 10 when the workers went on strike. Production at the jute mills resumed on Saturday after they postponed their strike for three days.
The workers are enforcing strike to force the government to accept their 11-point demand that include implementation of the wage commission, payment of regular wages, cancellation of public-private ownership of mills and allotting necessary fund for jute sector.
Workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jashore on Saturday postponed their ongoing unto-death hunger strike for three days upon assurance of fulfilling their demands.
“The unto-death fast was postponed at 1:15am for three days,” said Shahana Pervin, CBA president of Platinum Jute Mills.
She also said the workers will go on the hunger strike again on December 17 if their demands are not met.
As soon as the strike was called off, the production in eight state-owned jute mills resumed at 10am while at Crescent Jute Mills in Khulna around 2:30pm.
Humayun Kabir, general secretary, CBA of Platinum Jute Mills, said they postponed the strike upon assurance of fulfilling their demands by State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian.
Munnujan urged them to call the strike off on Friday night at a meeting at Khulna Divisional Labour Office and assured them of placing their 11-point demand at a meeting scheduled to be held on December 15 in Dhaka, Humayun added.
On Thursday, Abdur Sattar, 55, a worker of Platinum Jute Mills, fell sick at one stage of hunger strike and died at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
Besides, more than 200 workers fell sick and were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital.
Production at nine state-owned jute mills remained suspended since December 10 when the workers went on strike.
An estimated 50,000 workers of Star, Platinum, Crescent, Alim, Eastern, Daulatpur and Khalishpur jute mills in Khulna and JJI and Carpeting jute mills in Jashore joined the protest.
They tried to force the government to accept their 11-point demand that include implementation of the wage commission, payment of regular wages, cancellation of public-private ownership of mills and allotting necessary fund for jute sector.
The workers said they were not paid regularly and were forced to come out on the streets demanding improvement in the situation.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three suspected robbers after an alleged gunfight during a robbery bid at Singra upazila on early Saturday.
The arrestees were identified as Saiful, Bulbul, and Islam.
Robbers opened fire when a Rab team raided a house at Koigram village around 2am, said Mahfuzur Rahman, additional DIG of Rab-5.
The men were arrested with the help of locals after the skirmish.
A pistol, five bullets, and five locally-made weapons were recovered from the spot, the official added.
A pregnant fourth grader rape victim is fighting for her life at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.
She was hospitalised on December 10. MridulaKor, registrar of the hospital, said the life of the 12-year-old was in danger as she is too young.
She became pregnant after being raped reportedly by her teacher and two neighbours earlier this year.
The victim and her mother said that a teacher of Bhojmahal Government Primary school in Faridpur union in Bakerganj upazila and two of their neighbourshad raped the girl.
According to the mother, the teacher, aided by one of his female colleagues, raped the minor girl in his room about nine months ago. After words about the incident spread, two neighbours also raped the girl several times.
The accused reportedly assaulted the victim’s mother for seeking justice. The woman said she filed a case at Bakerganj Police Station on August 22 but could not mention names of the rapists following pressure from a local powerful clique.
The girl’s mother works as a domestic help and her father is a small vegetable trader.
Barishal district police chief Saiful Islam visited the victim in hospital after learning about the incident from journalists. He promised to foot the treatment cost and take legal action against the accused.
Jewel Hawlader, one of the accused neighbours, is in jail in the case.
Police detained a hawker with textbooks weighing 240kg from in front of Moyna Baroari temple in Boalmari upazila on Thursday evening.
The arrested was identified as Owdud.
Palash, sub-inspector of Boalkhali Police Station, said they detained the man acting on a tip-off with textbooks of class six to nine of the academic years 2017 to 2019.
Owdud said he bought the books from Moyna AC Bose Institution’s Headmaster Mokhlesur Rahman but the latter rejected the claim.
Md Rakibul Islam, assistant secondary education officer, told UNB that the sale of government books is prohibited. The authorities are directed to return extra books to Upazila Education Office.
Violation of the directive will be punished, Rakibul said, adding that a case will be filed in this regard.