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Akij Group resumes construction of emergency hospital after protests

  • Published at 05:39 pm March 29th, 2020
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A team of police has been deployed in the area

Akij Group has resumed the construction of its specialized hospital for Covid-19 patients at Dhaka’s Tejgaon a day after it was postponed in the face of violent protests by local residents.

Work at the construction site once again kicked off on Sunday, said police, reports Bangla Tribune.

"In the wake of the misunderstanding on Saturday, it was agreed that the project is part of a noble initiative and so the hospital will be built there on a temporary basis," Tejgaon police station OC Md Ali Hossain was quoted by an online newspaper.

A team of police has been deployed in the area, he said before adding the misunderstanding over the matter has been settled.

Tejgaon locals demonstrated at the construction site on Saturday, prompting business conglomerate Akij Group to halt the works.

More than a hundred residents took to the streets in the afternoon at Tejgaon industrial area defying the government directive to maintain social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

They also attacked the construction workers during the hour-long demonstration that started around 1pm, according to local police.

Earlier, Akij Group’s Managing Director Sheikh Bashir Uddin said the hospital would be built on the conglomerate’s empty plot next to the factory of motorcycle makers TVS in Tejgaon. It would provide free treatment to coronavirus patients, he added.

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