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Police charge batons, bars Sundarban road march

  • Published at 11:29 am October 17th, 2015
Police charge batons, bars Sundarban road march

At least 25 Democratic Left Alliance leaders and activists have been injured as police charge batons at the alliance’s ‘Dhaka-Sunderbans road march’ rally at Bus Stand area of Magura district town on Saturday.

The alliance coordinator Saiful Huq of Revolutionary Worker’s Party, Zonayed Saki, Convener of Ganashanhati Andolon, Mushrefa Mishu, president of Revolutionary Democratic Party and 23 other activists’ sustained injuries.

The left leaning alliance’s Magura district coordinator Rashekujjaman Farid told the Dhaka Tribune that police scraped our banner and festoons and beat leaders and activists up while the marchers were preparing for scheduled rally in front of Magura municipality premises around 12.30pm.

Denying the allegations, Magura Sadar police station OC Munshi Asaduzzaman said we did not charged them but dispersed as their gathering created gridlock in Dhaka road area.

However, he did not answer how the leaders-activists got injured.

Zonayed Saki, convener of Ganashanhati Andolon told Dhaka Tribune, they were protesting the disastrous plan by the government to establish coal-fired Rampal power plant near the Sundarbans and such establishment will devastate the Sunderbans.

“Government forces cordon off our vehicles to shut peoples demand violating constitutional rights of people.”

Zonayed Saki said: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won Champions of the Earth award. If her government initiates such disastrous step to ruin the Sundarbans she should return the award. Police tortured marchers, cordoned off our vehicles but we will continue our march towards the Sundarbans for the people of Bangladesh and protest is our democratic rights by constitution.”          

On Friday, at least 20 Democratic Left Alliance leaders, activists and a journalist have been injured as police charge batons at the alliance’s ‘Dhaka-Sunderbans road march’ rally at Manikganj Shaheed Minar area of the district.

Democratic Left Alliance, a platform of eight left political parties, launched their three-day road march from National Press Club in the capital protesting coal-based Rampal power plant project in Sundarbans area.

Earlier at a rally National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports member-secretary Anu Muhammad said that the people would not accept the Rampal thermal power plant as it was destructive to the Sunderbans.

More than 500 protesters brought out a procession in the capital before starting the road march.

The leaders of the left leaning alliance will address roadside rallies on the way to Rampal in Bagerhat during the road march. The protesters will hold their final rally at Katakhali in Bagerhat on October 18.