Farmers under the banner of Bangladesh Krishak Samity form a human chain in front of Dinajpur Palli Bidyut Samity office at Uttar Gobindapur in Dinajpur Sadar upazila yesterday demanding smooth power supply for irrigation during the ongoing Irri-Boro season. PHOTO: STAR
Farmers besieged Dinajpur Palli Bidyut Samity office and then formed human chain in front of the office at Uttar Gobindapur under Sadar upazila yesterday to press their demands including smooth power supply for irrigating Irri-boro crops.
Organised by Dinajpur unit of Bangladesh Krishak Samity, several hundred farmers along with their family members besieged Dinajpur Palli Bidyut Samity-1 office at around 11.00am and later joined a human chain programme on Dinajpur-Dhaka highway in front of the office.
They also urged the authorities concerned to stop imposition of transformer repairing charge on the farmers, install a power plant in the upazila, stop giving illegal power connection, install a power plant in the upazila and free the local palli bidyut office of corruption.
Later, the farmers submitted a memorandum containing the demands to Kazi Mohammad Ali, general manager of Dinajpur Palli Bidyut Samity-1.
Addressing a rally at the venue, farmers alleged that they are being harassed by the officials and employees of local Rural Electrification Board (Reb) office. The urged the Reb authorities to accept their demand and stop harassment of farmers.
Altaf Hossain, vice-president of the central committee of Bangladesh Krishak Samity, Bodiuzzaman Badal and Doyaram Roy, president and general secretary of Dinajpur unit of the organisation, addressed the rally.