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Locals and victims family members gather at the site.

Financial aid for Banshkhali victims

The district administration here on Friday distributed Tk 82.75 lakh as financial assistance among the family members of those were killed and injured in violence at Gandamara of Banshkhali upazila during protests over the construction of a coal-fired power plant there.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the district Mezbahuddin handed over Tk 60 lakh to the families of the four victims who were killed in police firing during a demonstration against the power plant on April 4. He also disbursed Tk 1 lakh each to the families of 11 victims who received serious injuries while Tk 25,000 each to the family members of 47 victims who sustained minor injuries in the incident.

Superintendent of Police of Chittagong Hafiz Akhter, Additional SP Habibur Rahman and Director of S Alam Group Shahidul Alam were, among others, present on the occasion.  Earlier 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.

Twenty people, including 10 cops, were also injured as the villagers clashed with the police during the demonstration.

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