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12:00 AM, May 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 13, 2018

Barapukuria Coalmine

Miners, villagers warn agitation

Villagers affected by land subsidence around Barapukuria coalmine and miners of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) in Parbatipur upazila threatened to go for strike from tomorrow if their demands are not met by today.

The affected villagers and miners announced this at a joint press conference in front of the BCMCL main gate yesterday to press for their six-point and 13-point demand respectively.

Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd Miners and Workers Union President Robiul Islam said they would go for indefinite strike to realise their 13-point demand.

The demands include pay hike, food rationing for the miners, overtime payment and six-hour working period for underground workers.

Meanwhile, villagers' leaders Moshiur Rahman Bulbul said they would start indefinite blockade of road and rail route to realise their six-point demand that includes proper compensation for land subsidence victims of 20 villages, repair of two damaged roads and withdrawal of the false cases.

Leaders of the villagers and mine workers at a press conference on April 26 gave an ultimatum to realise their combined 19-point demand.

BCMCL Managing Director Habib Uddin said they are trying to reach a solution with the miners and affected villagers as early as possible. 

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