The ruling Awami League men yesterday allegedly attacked the activists of a Dhaka-based cultural organisation on the site of the proposed Rampal power plant in Bagerhat when the latter visited the area as part of a road march, demanding relocation of the project.
The hit-and-run attack injured at least 10 members of Moulik Bangla Sangskritik Janapad.
The attackers also took away two cameras and several mobile phones of the marchers, said the victims. Four of the injured were admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital.
Moulik Bangla started the road march from the capital on August 8, protesting the installation of the coal-fired thermal power plant there since it would "harm" the nearby Sundarbans.
On August 14, the campaigners reached Rajnagar of Rampal and spent the night at a local primary school there. They went to visit the proposed site the next morning.
The activists said some 40 people, led by Rampal upazila Awami League president Abdur Rouf and local union parishad chairman Abdul Hannan Dablu, attacked them with sticks. “The sudden assault 10 of our members injured,” said a leader of Moulik Bangla.
On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
AL leader Rouf denied the allegation of the attack.
Kazi Daud Hossain, officer-in-charge of Rampal Police Station, said none came to the police station to lodge any complaint.