Gaibandha sugarcane farm catches fire

Gaibandha sugarcane farm catches fire

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Dhaka  – Amid huge outcry over the recent death of two Santal men in a clash with law enforcers and Rangpur Sugar Mill workers over a land dispute, a fire broke out at Bagda sugarcane farm of the mill in Sahebganj area of Gobindaganj upazila in Gaibandha on Saturday.Gobindaganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Abdul Hannan said a group
of unidentified miscreants set fire to I Block of Bagda Farm owned by Rangpur Sugar Mill at Fakirganj around 2pm,UNB News Agency Reported.Seeing the bellowing smoke, officials and workers of the farm brought the matter to the notice of the sugar mill authorities and police.Later, law enforcers and a fire-fighting unit rushed in and doused the blaze after one and half hours with the help of local people and farm workers.Miscreants set fire to the sugarcane field to cause financial losses to the mill, said Rangpur Sugar Mill MD Abdul Awal adding that the sugarcane on nearly seven acres of land, out of 11 under the block,was damaged in the fire.The extent of losses was primarily said to be Tk 5 lakh.Gobindaganj upazila remained tense since two Santal men were killed and 30 people, including nine policemen, injured following a clash with law enforcers and workers of Rangpur Sugar Mill on November 6.The clash broke out when workers of Rangpur Sugar Mills along with police went to Bagda Farm area to reclaim land of the sugar mill
allegedly occupied by the Santal community.

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