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High Court orders S Alam Group to pay 5L each to families of Banshkhali shooting victims

  • Published at 09:41 pm May 4th, 2021
Banshkhali power plant
File photo of Workers crowd on the premises of an under-construction coal-power plant of S Alam Group in Banshkhali where five workers were killed in a clash with police on Saturday, April 17, 2021 Collected

7 workers were killed after police opened fire on demonstrators demanding payment of dues and breaks for prayer during Ramadan

The High court on Tuesday ordered S Alam Group to pay Tk5 lakh each to families of the seven men killed in police firing in Chittagong’s Banshkhali on April 17.

Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir’s bench also issued a rule asking why a judicial investigation should not be ordered into the incident.

The order and ruling came after hearing on two writ petitions.

Five workers were killed and over 30 were injured as police opened fire on demonstrators demanding payment of dues as well as breaks for prayer/iftar during Ramadan.

Later, two more workers succumbed to their injuries.

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The police and the district administration formed two committees to investigate the incident. The court has ordered them to submit their reports within 45 days.

S Alam group was ordered by the court to submit a report on actions taken for providing treatment and treatment expenses to the victims within 45 days.

The High Court has also asked why Tk3 crore to each family of the deceased and Tk2 crore each to injured victims’ families should not be provided.

It also asked why the failure to take proper action and ensuring the safety of the victims’ families should not be declared illegal.

Until now two cases have been filed, blaming the workers for the incident. The victims' families have not sought legal recourse yet.