BNP, SPB blame hoarders’ syndicate for rawhide price debacle

Demand withdrawal of decision to export

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 15,2019


Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal goes out on demonstration demanding punishment of manipulators of rawhide prices at National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Socialist Party of Bangladesh on Wednesday blamed the syndicates’ manipulation for unprecedented price debacle of rawhide during the Eid-ul-Azha and alleged that the government’s decision to export rawhide would destroy the sector in a planned way.

They also called on the government to find out the businessmen responsible for the price debacle and bring them to book.

BNP made the allegation and placed the demand in a press conference at its central office at Naya Paltan in Dhaka and SPB did so at separate human chains formed in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka and in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in Barishal.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, addressing the press conference, alleged that  a syndicate was responsible for lowering the prices of rawhide and the Awami League activists would be benefited directly or indirectly by such act.

Moreover, the decision of allowing export of rawhides would be a serious threat for the country’s tannery industry.

He called on the government to withdraw the decision of exporting rawhide immediately.

Leaders of SPB on Wednesday at the human chain in Dhaka called on the government to find out the businesspeople responsible for rawhide pride price debacle during Eid-ul Azha and ensure exemplary punishment for them.

The prices of rawhide had decreased remarkably for the activities of syndicates and people were bound to sell rawhide at a very low price, SPB central leader Bazlur Rashid Firoz said.

This year the commerce ministry had fixed prices of rawhide but the businessmen did not buy it at the prices, Firoz, alleged.

The rally was addressed, among others by member secretary Zulfikar Ali, central leader  Khalequzaman Lipon, Samajtantrik Sramik Front general secretary Ahsan Habib Bulbul, Chhatra Front president Imran Habib Ruman and Samajtantrik Mahila Forum general secretary Shampa Basu.

Our correspondent in Barishal reported SPB also formed a human chain in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city on Wednesday protesting at the syndication of rawhide traders.

Manisha Chakrabarty, district unit SPB coordinator, presided over the programme , addressed among others by Mizanaur Rahman Selim, secretary of  SPB, Santu Mitra of SPB.

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