Bangladesh scraps agreement with British firm
The Govt also agreed to punish those responsible for the killing of five demonstrators protesting against the UK coal mining deal.india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 11:22 IST
Bowing to people's demands, the Bangladesh government has agreed to scrap all deals with British firm Asia Energy, including the controversial coal excavation project in Dinajpur distict of the country.
The government also agreed to punish those responsible for last weekend's killing of five demonstrators protesting against the coal mining deal and compensate families of the victims, media reports on Thursday said.
The agreement came last night after four days of continuing strikes in Fulbari area of Dinajpur district.
"We have agreed to all the demands of the people since it is a humanitarian issue," Mizanur Rahman, the Mayor of nearby Rajshahi city, told the New Age newspaper after the meeting with leaders of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas Mineral Resources, Power and Port and other representatives of the agitating people of Phulbari.
Calm returned to Fulbari area and people staged victory marches late into the night.
The member secretary of the committee, Anu Muhammad and Mizanur Rahman signed an agreement on behalf of the government and the people respectively at the meeting, which ended at about 10:15 pm.
The indefnite strike in Fulbari has also been withdrawn.
Five persons were killed last Saturday when the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles and the police opened fire on demonstrators against the proposed open-pit mining by Asia Energy.