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Police charge on Rampal protest march towards Indian High Commission

  • Published at 01:36 pm October 18th, 2016
  • Last updated at 07:10 pm October 28th, 2016
Police charge on Rampal protest march towards Indian High Commission
The march was dispersed in Malibagh area on Tuesday afternoon, said Deputy Commissioner of Ramna Zone police Mehedi Hasan Sarkar. He said: “The protesters were not permitted go past Mouchak area. Only their delegation was supposed to go to the high commission to submit the memorandum. “We had to disperse them for the security of the public as all of the protesters were trying to cross Mouchak,” he added. On the other hand, Ganosanhati Andolon leader Jonayed Saki also a leader of National Committee said: “At least 30 protesters have been injured as police fired tear shells and used water cannon to disperse them.” He also condemned such police action in the peaceful march of more than 300 protesters. [caption id="attachment_22847" align="alignnone" width="870"]police Police dispersed Rampal protesters at Malibagh area in Dhaka/Photo- Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Among the injured, Bangladesh Student’s Federation President Saikat Mollik injured critically. His left foot was broken after police charged batons on him. He along with other injured were admitted in Dhaka Medical college Hospital. Earlier, the student activist sustained bullet injuries in the same leg at a protest rally of the platform. Saikat Mollik told the Dhaka Tribune that he was beaten mercilessly by police though the march was peaceful. Meanwhile, National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports Member Secretary Professor Anu Muhammad condemned the police actions on the peaceful march. He also declared to hold mass rally in Dhaka and across Bangladesh on October 20 in protest to the matter and demanding the scrapping off the power plant. Led by Professor Anu Mohammad, the protesters under the banner of the committee started the march around 11am. Earlier in the day, they had organised a rally in front of National Press club. Later, a five-member delegation led by BD Rahmatullah sumitted a memorandum to the Indian High Commission. The government is implementing the 1320MW Rampal power plant in association with India’s NTPC, while private firm Orion Group is constructing the 566MW plant near the Sundarbans. This is happening despite massive protests by experts and environmental groups at home and abroad.