25 injured as police attack DLA road march in Manikganj

New Age Online
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At least 25 Democratic Left Alliance leaders and activists and journalists were injured as police attacked the alliance’s ‘Dhaka-Sunderbans road march’ at Manikganj bus stop on Friday evening.
DLA, a combine of eight left political parties, on Friday noon started its three-day road march from National Press Club in the capital for the scrapping of coal-based Rampal power plant project.
Witnesses said that police blocked the road march at Manikganj bus stop charged baton on the protesters.
Earlier at a rally National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports member-secretary Anu Muhammad said that the people would not accept the Rampal thermal power plant as it was destructive to the Sunderbans.
‘The national committee will announce tougher programmes if the government does not refrain from implementing the project,’ he said.
Columnist Syed Abul Maksud said that the thermal power plant would be destructive to the Sunderbans and the nature.

DLA-long-march.-- New Age photo

DLA-long-march.– New Age photo

Chaired by DLA coordinator Saiful Huq, the rally was addressed, among others, by academic Akmal Hossain, DLA leaders Mubinul Haider Chowdhury, Zonayed Saki, Mushrefa Mishu, Mosharraf Hossain Nannu and Nazrul Islam. Around 500 marchers brought out a procession before starting the road march with buses and other vehicles.
The leaders of the combine will address roadside rallies on the way to Rampal in Bagerhat during the road march. The marchers will hold its final rally at Katakhali in Bagerhat on October 18.
Communist Party of Bangladesh and Socialist Party of Bangladesh are also holding a five-day march towards the Sunderbans from Dhaka which would conclude on October 17 in Bagerhat.

(Updated)

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