Protesters attack power offices, block roads | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 10, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 10, 2010

Tangail, Chandpur

Protesters attack power offices, block roads

Power hungry people of Basail upazila in Tangail and Matlab south upazila in Chandpur staged roadblocks and ransacked power offices yesterday.
Agitated people burned tires and blocked road at the Basail upazila headquarters in Tangail yesterday demanding end to erratic power supply.
Road link with Sadar, Sakhipur, Mirzapur and Ghatail upazilas of Tangail and Phoolbaria and Bhaluka upazilas of Mymensingh remained cut off for two hours due to the roadblock.
The protesters withdrew their blockade at around 12:10pm after Basail police went to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Locals complained that they get electricity only up to four hours during the day and two to three hours at night.
"We have been demanding a zonal office and a sub-station of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) in Basail for long. Basail qualifies for the office as there are 17,000 subscribers whereas the required minimum number is only 7,000", said a protester.
Earlier on August 5, angry locals vandalised the Basail area office of REB demanding smooth electricity supply. They had also beaten up an employee of the office.
In Chandpur, people besieged and ransacked the complaint centre of REB office at Matlab south upazila protesting frequent power failure, reports a correspondent.
Thousands of people also put-up barricade on Matlab-Pennai Road in Matlab south upazila yesterday afternoon.
During the roadblock, agitated people vandalised 5-6 buses plying on the road.
The power-hungry people threw brickbats at the REB office keeping its DGM Akhtar Hossain confined for one and half hours.
On information, police rushed to the spot and rescued him.
Earlier, they brought out a procession from Matlab bazar of the upazila at around 10:00am.
After the programme they submitted a memorandum to the upazila nirbahi officer.

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