Egg fest turns violent

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Oct 14,2017 | Updated: 00:35, Oct 14,2017

 
 

Several hundred people gather in front of the Krishibid Institution complex in Dhaka on Friday to buy eggs at Tk three in a special offer launched on the occasion of World Egg Day. — New Age photo

Angry mob on Friday vandalised makeshift shops and chanted slogans against the organisers as the allotted supplies ran out in the opening 20 minutes of an egg festival in capital’s Khamarbari, which offered eggs for a discounted prices.
People waiting since morning became angry after allotted 20,000 eggs were sold out within minutes in the morning.
Noticing the shortage of eggs, the authorities immediately called off the fair and police took control of the situation.
Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council in collaboration with the Department of Livestock Services organised the fair to observe World Egg Day in Bangladesh along with over 40 other countries simultaneously.
An official of the department told New Age that the organisers had miscalculated and had no idea that the fair would attract so many people.
Witnesses said the fair offered eggs at a rate of Tk 3 per piece with a limit of 90 eggs as maximum for per person.
It attracted thousands from every part of the country and resulted in the debacle.
Hoping to buy eggs at such low prices, scores of people had gathered at Khamarbari from morning to buy eggs but had to return home disappointed.

 

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