Two more workers shot by police at Banshkhali power plant die

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 23:41, Apr 21,2021


Two more workers, who were shot in a police firing on workers’ demonstration at Banshkhali in Chattogram on Saturday, died while undergoing treatment Chattogram hospitals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

With them, at least seven workers were killed and dozens injured after police had opened fire at a demonstration of workers, who were pressing for their nine-point demand, at the under-construction coal-fired power plant named SS Power-1 Limited of S Alam Group at Baraghona under Gandamara Union of Banshkhali in Chattogram on April 17.

Among the dead, Shimul Ahmed, 23, son of Abdul Malek, from Janahura of Srimangal in Moulvibazar, died at the ICU of Chattogram Medical College Hospital on Wednesday, confirmed CMCH police outpost in-charge Inspector Jahirul Hoque Bhuiyan.

He said that Shimul succumbed to his injuries at about 6:30pm.

Another victim is Raziur Rahman, 22, son of Abdul Mannan Mandal, of village Jamadani under Phulbari upazila in Dinajpur.

He died at Parkview Hospital at Panchlaish in the Chattogram city at about 2:30am on Tuesday, confirmed his sister Swapna Mustarina.

She added that her brother was buried at their village graveyard at Jamadani in Phulbari at about 11:30pm on the day.

Raziur was first taken to Banshkhali Upazila Health Complex, then shifted to Chattogram Medical College and later taken to Parkview Hospital for better treatment, she said.

The other deceased at the incident are Ahmed Reza alias Mia Khan, 18, Md Rony Hossain, 24, Md Shuvo, 24, Md Mahmudul Hasan Rahat, 22, Md Raihan, 19.

Four of them died on the spot while Md Raihan died at Chattogram Medical College Hospital later on the day.

The workers were staging demonstrations demanding unpaid wages, working hours and weekly holiday.

Meanwhile, two cases were filed against over 3,000 named and unnamed people over the April 17 clash at the plant of S Alam Group that engaged around 3,500 Bangladeshi workers and 853 Chinese workers.

Earlier, four villagers were shot dead on April 4, 2016 during a clash with police when the villagers staged a demonstration against the move to construct a coal-fired power plant at Gandamara area in Banshkhali.

In February 2017 another person was died during a clash over the establishment of the power plant.

The 1224-MW coal-fired power plant is being constructed at the cost of $2510.2 million with 30 per cent investment from seven Chinese banks.

The government has already waived stamp duty of about Tk 3,170 crore on land lease agreement and financing documents for the SS Power 1 Limited under the Private Sector Power Generation Policy.

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