Banshkhali Power Plant Killing

Villager held in plant authority’s case

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 23:36, May 04,2021


The police on Tuesday arrested a villager in the case filed by the S Alam Group’s SS Power I Limited authorities over the clashes at the power plant at Baraghona under Gandamara of Banshkhali in Chattogram on April 17.

The arrested, Md Syed, a son of Khalilur Rahman, is a resident of Gandamara, said Banshkhali police station inspector Md Azizul Islam.

Syed was arrested at Gandamara Tuesday morning on charges of vandalising and looting at the power plant in the case filed by Faruk Ahmed, chief coordinator of SS Power Plant-1, said the investigation officer of the case.

At least seven workers were killed and dozens injured after the police opened fire on workers who were demonstrating to press for their nine-point demands at the under-construction coal-fired power plant on April 17.

Two cases were filed against over 3,000 named and unnamed people over the clashes at the plant that engaged around 3,500 local workers and 853 Chinese employees.

The police claimed in the case statement that the workers were killed as outsiders opened fire on the police.

Workers claimed that the police opened fire on their peaceful protest rally for dues and reduced working hours during Ramadan.

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

The 1,224-MW plant is being constructed at the cost of $2,510.2 million with 30 per cent investment from seven Chinese banks. S Alam group is the local investor in the project.

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

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