Bangladeshi workers on 15-day leave

Activities at Payra Power Plant badly affected, construction work slowed

Our Correspondent . Patuakhali | Published: 00:57, Jun 23,2019

 
 

Chinese workers resumed work at Payra Thermal Power Plant in Patuakhali while Bangladeshi workers were sent on a two-week leave so that the damages incurred during the June 18 clashes could be repaired.

Plant executive engineer Md Rezwan Iqbal Khan said the Chinese workers had started working at the plant but a 15-day leave was given to Bangladeshi workers.

He said that Tuesday’s violent incidents caused massive destruction to the plant. As a result, everything inside the centre was still in a state of disorder.

He said soon the journalists would be invited to issue an update on the current status of the thermal power plant.

Senior assistant manager of the centre Shahmani Jiko said that on Tuesday, around 11:30pm, Bangladeshi workers had a meeting with the executive engineer of BCPCL Rezwan Iqbal Khan. Senior officials and additional police superintendents of police joined the meeting.

The meeting decided that the Eid bonus, which was due, would be paid after three days.

 Nurul Hafiz, additional district magistrate of the district committee formed to investigate the incident, said that he had received testimonies of Bangladeshi workers.

Meanwhile, Kalapara Police Station officer-in-charge Monirul Islam said that on Sunday night, 12 people arrested from Keraniganj were sent to Kalapara court which later sent them the district jail.

About 600 unnamed people were sued in two separate cases on Thursday in connection with the Tuesday’s attack on different structures inside the China-Bangladesh 1320MW thermal power plant project at Payra in Patuakhali.

The clash left one Chinese electrician killed.

The clashes took place during the protest against an ‘accidental’ death of a Bangladeshi worker at the plant near the port of Payra, officials said on

Friday.

On June 18, the Bangladeshi workers started the protest against what they said poor working and living condition and lack of work place safety in the project site following the death of their colleague which angered the Bangladeshi workers.

Since then, paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh was patrolling in and around the project site while over 800 police and elite Rapid Action Battalion personnel were deployed round the clock.

Patuakhali deputy commissioner Motiul Islam Chowdhury told New Age that they were still trying to bring back confidence among the workers — both Bangladeshi and Chinese — but were not sure about when they would start their regular work.

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