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Protest in Dhaka against Indo-Bangla power plant

Pragatishil Chhatra Jote activists blocked Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka for one hour demanding cancellation of Rampal power plant\'s construction.

Published: 16th August 2016 09:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2016 09:31 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

DHAKA: A left-leaning student's alliance today held a protest here against the proposed 1,320 megawatt Indo-Bangla joint venture power plant near Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.

Activists of Pragatishil Chhatra Jote blocked Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka for one hour demanding cancellation of Rampal power plant's construction.

Environmental groups believe that the plant could affect the delicate ecosystem of the the world's largest mangrove forest spreading over both Bangladesh and India.

Vehicular movement remained suspended as the activists blocked the intersection, one of the busiest roads in the capital, Daily Star reported.

"We will stage demonstration across the country on August 18 in favour of our demand," Naima Khaled Monika, an activist said.

They withdrew the blockade after police officials requested them to clear the road.

At least six persons were injured during a scuffle with the law enforcers while breaking through the barricades, the report said.

Prior to gather at Shahbagh intersection, the activists took out a procession on the Dhaka university campus and broke through two barricades put by police there.

The Rampal power station is a proposed 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power station at Rampal Upazila of Bagerhat District in Khulna, Bangladesh. It is a joint partnership between India's state owned National Thermal Power Corporation and Bangladesh Power Development Board.



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