by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Five people have been confirmed died and a dozen others wounded after workers of power plant clashed with police over non-payment of their salary in Chattogram, police said on Saturday.
Four of them died on the scene while the fifth man, who wounded during the violence, died at a hospital, according to hospital sources.
The violence began in the morning at the coal-based power plant, being constructed by private conglomerate S Alam group at Banshkhali of Chattogram, as the workers organized their protest against non-payment of salary.
Initially, the police tried appease protesters, but they fired gunshots as the stick-wielding workers along with villagers attacked the lawmen. The clashes lasted for nearly an hour left five people dead and 12 others wounded, said an on-duty officer at Banshkhali police station.
Video footage show a worker saying that the protest was organized against the delay in payment of the monthly salary for April. The administration was supposed to make the payment by April 10, but they did not do it on time.
The footage also showed the injured are being taken to the health facilities from the power plant site.
Local residents say the unrest was brewing for the last couple of days as the workers hand been higgling over their demands of a hike in salary, timely payment, allowing time for Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan and half day work on Friday with the power plant administration.
Security has been beefed up in the area to avert further untoward incidents.