National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power, and Ports today held a human chain at Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong protesting the killing of the four people who were shot while protesting the installation of a coal-based power plant there.
“We call upon the government to remove the plan to set up the power plant here,” said Prof Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the committee, who also demanded compensation to families who have lost their loved ones.
He claimed that the government did not form a proper team to conduct research for constructing the power plant in that location.
“Even, the government did not take any expert’s opinion before deciding to build such a power plant here,” he said.
Human Rights Activist Advocate Sultana Kamal, who was also present at the demonstration said, “The plant should not be built to satisfy a few people, at the expense of the livelihood and the environment.”
Prof Anu also said that a neutral investigation team of experts should be formed to conduct the study once again keeping the environmental hazards in mind.
On April 4, four persons were killed and 30 others injured in a clash between law enforcers and locals in Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong over installation of a coal-based power plant.