Deadlock in activities of Payra thermal power plant
A deadlock situation is prevailing in the activities of Payra thermal power plant in Patuakhali following phases of infighting, vandalism, looting and casualties between Bangladeshi and Chinese workers. All the activities were stalled in the power plant on the fourth consecutive day. The authority cannot tell specifically when the activities will resume.
On the other hand 12 Bangladeshi workers who were arrested from Keraniganj in Dhaka were brought to Kalapara police station. Later they were sent to jail custody through the court.
Earlier, four workers arrested from the power plant adjacent areas were sent to jail custody through court on Friday. With this total 16 people were arrested in connection with the incidents. Officer in Charge of Kalapara police station Monirul Islam confirmed the information.
In this regard Deputy Commissioner of Patuakhali Matiul Islam Chowdhury told Rtv online, activities of Payra thermal power plant are stalled at the moment. The activities cannot be started due to theft of electronic materials like laptops. Efforts are going on to start the activities.
Mentionable, on Tuesday while working Bangladesh worker Sabindra Das died at Kalapara thermal power plant. But there was an allegation that the Chinese workers tried to hide the dead body of Sabindra. This turned the local workers angry. Following that chase and counter chase happened and the whole power plant area turned into a battle field. Following that incident a Chinese worker died at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital while undergoing treatment. The situation turned more critical following that incident.
As the situation turned out of control of the authority RAB, police and BGB were deployed in the power plant area. Later Security Director of the Chinese company filed two separate cases in connection with the incident with Kalapara police station where one thousand two hundred people were made accused. All the accused were unidentified. At present police and RAB are deployed in the power plant area and the administration is on alert.