6th July 2019
EP Report


The authorities of Payra power plant have directed the Bangladeshi workers to leave the construction site and not return until further notice.


The directive came four days after a clash broke out between the Bangladeshi and the Chinese workers at the power plant recently.


According to Moni Shah Jico, junior assistant manager at Payra power plant, only Chinese workers would stay in the power plant area to repair their quarters and take other preparations to resume the construction work.


During that time, Bangladeshi workers will not stay in the construction area, he added.


Meanwhile, most of the Bangladeshi workers left their quarters before the direction came.


A violent clash erupted between the Bangladeshi and the Chinese workers as Swabindra Das, 32, a Bangladeshi worker, lost his life after falling from a 70-feet tall tower.


The agitating Bangladeshi workers attacked the Chinese workers and vandalized the construction site of the power plant as rumors spread that Chinese workers mistakenly killed Swabindra and were trying to hide his body.


During the clash, seven workers, including five Chinese, were seriously injured.

Of the five Chinese workers, Zang Jon Seng, 26, an electrician at the power plant, died at Barishal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital.


Over 1,000 unidentified people have been sued in two cases filed with Patuakhali’s Kalapara Police Station over the death of a Chinese engineer and vandalism at Payra power plant.


Wang Le Jhing, security director of Payra power plant, filed the cases accusing 500 to 600 unidentified people in each, Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kalapara police station, confirmed.


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