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At least 20 injured as cops, protesters clash in Dhaka

The clashes erupted during a strike called by the Opposition to protest against mining of coal there by British firm Asia Energy.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 12:19 IST

At least 20 people were injured in clashes between protestors and policemen in Bangladesh, as Opposition Awami League-led 14-party alliance went on a general strike on Wednesday.

The strike was called over a coal excavation project by a British firm and coincided with a half-day shut down called by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port.

The protestors were injured in clashes with the police in capital Dhaka, witnesses said.

The major clash was reported from suburban Mirpur area, while other trouble spots were Mahakhali and Russel Square in the capital's Dhanmai market.

Efforts by the local administration and two senior government leaders to restore normalcy have so far failed to yield any results with the protestors giving the government until Friday to announce the closure of the multi-million dollar project.

Schools, shops, private offices and banks were shut due to the strike in capital Dhaka. The opposition groups staged demonstrations and marches.

Demonstrations in Fulbari area of northwestern Dinajpur district against mining of coal there by British firm Asia Energy had left five people killed last week.

The national committee, besides protesting the killings, has demanded the scrapping of the project and the expulsion Asia Energy.

First Published: Aug 30, 2006 12:19 IST