Dhaka – Police foiled a procession of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port near Mowchak area in the capital on Tuesday, UNB news agency reported.
The committee was scheduled to start a ‘march towards Indian High Commission’ to submit an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protest the implementation of coal fired power plant at Rampal near the Sundarbans.
Supporters of the National Committee gathered in front of National Press Club around 11am and started their march from there.
Witnesses said police fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the marchers when they reached Mouchak around 1.00pm, leaving at least 30 activists injured.
Later, the National Committee’s member secretary Prof Anu Muhammad addressed a rally at Malibagh Rail Gate.
He announced a countrywide demonstration on October 20 protesting today’s attack on the activists.
A five-member delegation of the Nat’l Committee is now heading towards the Indian High Commission to submit the letter.
A Bangladesh-India joint venture company signed an agreement with India’s state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd on July 12, 2016, paving the way for the start of construction of the much-debated Rampal coal power plant.
The construction for the project is to start within three to four months. The plant is expected to go into commercial production by July 2019.