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23 June, 2019 12:59:32 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 June, 2019 10:58:12 AM

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15-day forced leave for Bangladeshi workers

Payra power plant
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
15-day forced leave for 
Bangladeshi workers

A high-power government committee yesterday (Saturday) decided to impose 15-day forced leave on the temporary Bangladeshi workers of the 1,320 MW Payra power plant under construction at Patuakhali. This follows Wednesday's clash between Bangladeshi and Chinese workers that resulted in the death of a Chinese worker.

Power secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, who also heads the Bangladesh China Power Company Limited (BCPCL) board as chairman, informed the media yesterday about the forced leave.

Construction work at the Payra thermal power plant in Kalapra upazila remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day.

Two cases—one for murder and another for vandalism—were filed with Kolapara police station on Thursday, accusing 500/600 workers.

Fifteen workers were arrested in a drive in the BCPCL area, said Kolapara police station officer-in-charge Monirul Islam.

A local worker, Sabindra Das, 32, died after falling into a boiler of the plant.

This triggered the unrest that led to the death of a Chinese worker.

A three-member probe body, led by additional district magistrate Nurul Hafiz, has been asked to submit a report within seven working days.

Sources said the situation is yet to return to normal.

Many workers are on the run to avoid arrest. Eight platoons of the Border Guard Bangladesh and 850 members of the police, Rapid Action Battalion and Range Reserve Force have been deployed in the area.

Talking to The Independent, M Khorshed Alam, managing

director of the BCPCL, the implementing agency of the plant, said the board had taken some decisions at a meeting yesterday. These include provision of teaching Chinese to Bangladeshi workers and Bangla to Chinese workers as well as improving the living condition of the Bangladeshi workers. Family members of the dead Bangladeshi worker and the Chinese worker have been given Tk. 15 lakh by the EPC contractor. They will receive additional amounts from the CSR fund of the BCPCL.

Khorshed Alam said they have also requested the superintendent of police to increase the number of local security personnel at the plant.


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