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Govt moves to probe unrest

Staff Reporter, Dhaka and Our Correspondent, Patuakhali
Govt moves to probe unrest
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The government moved swiftly and formed three bodies yesterday to probe the death of a Bangladeshi worker at the under-construction 1,320 MW Payra power plant and the subsequent clash in Kolapara upazila of Patuakhali district. The clash resulted in the death of a Chinese worker in the plant.

Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, and Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, secretary of the Power Division, visited the plant site yesterday morning.

Earlier, a clash broke out between Bangladeshi and Chinese workers of the under-construction power plant on Tuesday afternoon following the death of Bangladeshi worker Swabindra Das. The worker died after falling into the boiler of the plant.

Rumours spread that a Chinese worker had pushed Das off the terrace, leading to violent confrontation between the two groups.  The violence resulted in the shutdown of the construction work at the plant. A Chinese worker, Jung Yung Sung, died yesterday (Wednesday) after he was taken to the Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) in a critical condition. Sung died from excessive bleeding from a wound in the head, said Mahbubur Rahman, a doctor of the hospital.

Manirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kolapara police station, said that Bangladeshi workers charged at the Chinese workers after coming to know about the death of Swabindra Das and the subsequent rumour. The Chinese workers then retaliated, triggering the clash, he added. There are around 6,000 Bangladeshi and 2,000 Chinese workers at the plant site, said Hahmoni Ziko, an administrative officer of Bangladesh China Power Company Limited (BCPCL), the implementing agency of the plant.

According to witnesses, the clash went on for several hours in an intermittent manner. Local police, along with senior government officials of Kolatoli upazila and Patuakhali district, went to the plant site on Tuesday night and tried to defuse the situation.

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