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The families of the victims in Banshkhali got 35 lakh rupees

As per the order of the High Court, S Alam Group has paid a total of Tk 35 lakh to the families of seven workers killed in a clash with the workers of a coal-fired power plant at Banshkhali in Chittagong.

Several lawyers have confirmed the matter to the media on Sunday (July 25).

The report on the money given to the families of the victims, the High Court Justice M. It has been submitted to the single bench headed by Inayetur Rahim. S Alam Group lawyer Mohammad Arshadur Rahman submitted the report. However, the prosecution has asked for time to submit the report of the two investigation committees headed by DC and SP to the court.

Deputy Attorney General of the court Bipul Bagmar said the court had given 45 days to submit the reports of the two inquiry committees headed by DC and SP. We asked the court for more time.

The High Court has directed SL Group to pay Tk 5 lakh to each family of those killed in a clash between police and workers of a coal-fired power plant at Banshkhali in Chittagong on May 4. Justice M. Inayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar. The High Court bench of Rashed Jahangir passed the order. The court ordered hearing on two separate writ petitions filed by six human rights organizations.

Advocate Z Ain Khan Panna, Advocate Syeda Rezwana Hasan and Advocate Syeda Nasrin represented the writ petitioner in the court. Deputy Attorney Generals Bipul Bagmar and Arbindu Kumar Roy represented the state. Arshadur Rauf was the lawyer for S Alam Group.

The court issued interim directions as well as rules. Why the rule will not be directed to provide security to the villagers and workers, why not to pay compensation of Tk 3 crore to each family of the deceased and Tk 2 crore to the injured, why a judicial inquiry into the incident will not be directed. It also asked why the state failed to take measures to prevent the safety of villagers and workers. Representatives of concerned companies including Home, Law, Industry, Commerce, Mineral Resources, Environment Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Department of Environment, Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong, SP, S Alam Group have been asked to respond to the rule.

Compensation of Rs 3 crore to the families of each of the victims and Rs 2 crore to the families of the injured, withdrawal of two cases filed in the incident, criminal cases against the real culprits, ensuring safety of the families of the killed and injured workers, construction of power plants till judicial investigation is completed. Two separate writ petitions were filed in the High Court on April 22 and 26 seeking directions to stop work.

Human rights organizations have filed writ petitions at the Law and Arbitration Center (LASC), Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Nijera Kari, Safety and Rights and the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD). The writ petition was heard.

Workers at the Banshkhali Coal Power Plant in Chittagong clashed with police on April 18 over dissatisfaction with 11-point demands, including salaries. Seven people were killed and at least 30 were injured in the incident. Two separate cases have been registered at Banshkhali police station over the incident. Banshkhali police filed a murder case. The power plant’s chief coordinator. Farooq became a plaintiff and filed a separate case. About three and a half thousand people including workers and locals have been accused in these two cases.

Earlier, on April 4, 2016, four people were killed and on February 1, 2017, a villager was shot dead by police in connection with the construction of the power plant.