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5 workers killed in clash with police at Banshkhali power plant

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Published: 13:37, 17 April 2021   Update: 15:20, 17 April 2021
5 workers killed in clash with police at Banshkhali power plant

A clash between police and workers erupted at a coal-fired power plant at Baraghona under Gandamara union of Banshkhali in Chattogram, leaving at least five workers dead and 30 others injured.

The clash erupted around 11:15 am on Saturday (April 17).

The deceased were identified as Ahmed Reza, 19, Rony, 22, Shuvo, 24, Rahat, 25 and Raihan, 25.

Md Azizul Islam, inspector (investigation) of Banshkhali police station, confirmed the news.

Quoting locals, the police official said the workers have been agitating to press home four-point demand including payment of overdue salary, half day work on Friday, giving time for Iftar and a hike in salary.

This morning, the work abstention by workers prompted power plant authority to call police. At one stage the clash between police and workers ensued, leaving five workers shot dead and at least 30 others injured.

The number of casualties may increase further, he added.

Meanwhile, being informed about the deaths of five workers, hundreds of agitating people rushed to the spot and laid siege to the coal-fired power plant. They set fire to several structures at the coal-fired power plant.

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