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The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Port held a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital in the afternoon.

Call for Justice to Banshkhali victims

WT24 Desk

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Port on Sunday demanded justice for four people who were killed in police firing at Gandamara village in Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong district.

The demand came from a rally held in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital in the afternoon. On April 4, four people, including two brothers, were killed in police firing at Gandamara village in Banshkhali upazila during a demonstration against the construction of a coal-fired power plant there.

Leaders of Gano Sanghati Andolon, Socialist Party of Bangladesh (SPB), Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and other left-leaning parties took part in the programme. In his speech, national committee member secretary Prof Anu Mohammad alleged that police are working like a client of S Alam Group in Chittagong and harassing general people there.

He said the government is planning to construct power projects using coal and nuclear whereas Indian, the USA, Russian and China are generating electricity using renewable energy. Prof MM Akash of Dhaka University, also a founding member of the national committee, said the government should go for generating electricity using gas and other alternative ways.

After the rally, they brought out a procession from the Press Club and it ended at Paltan intersection, agencies report.

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