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Police stops Ganasanghati Andolan procession

  • Published at 09:36 pm April 3rd, 2019
Police stops Ganasanghati Andolan procession
Police blocks a Ganasanghati Andolon procession from marching forward near the the front gate of the Bangladesh Secretariat on Wednesday Dhaka Tribune

The procession was against the decision to increase gas prices

Police stopped a Ganasanghati Andolon procession protesting against the proposal to raise gas prices in the city.

The procession started from the National Press Club and was stopped by police when it reached near the front gate of the Bangladesh Secretariat on Wednesday.

Party activists at the time engaged in an argument and quarreled with the police.

In February, gas distribution companies of the country submitted applications to the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) to raise gas prices.

The companies suggested increasing the price of gas by 60% across the board, for industries, power plants, fertilizer factories, households, and other consumers.

Before the procession, Ganasanghati Andolon held a rally in front of the Press Club.

The party Chief Coordinator, Zonayed Saki, said: “Only BERC can fix or increase prices of gas and electricity.

“Government cannot increase gas prices on its own and BERC was formed to regulate prices of gas, electricity, and other energy related items. BERC has already increased the price of gas and electricity, several times.”

He said government has declared war against poor and low-income people.

Several other left wing parties have also brought out processions previously against the government’s decision to increase gas prices.