We are compelled to ask, after reading the news reports, whether the death of four people and injuries to at least 30 (including police) in Banshkhali upazila (Chittagong) could have been avoided? It seems that a volatile situation was allowed to escalate because of false promises made to the local people.
In a country where land is scarce, land acquisition must take place following proper, just measures in terms of giving the people, whose land is being acquired, the rightful compensation they deserve. In this case, they had been promised jobs from a new industry when their plots were bought up by a company. Instead, it is planning to install a coal plant that locals believe will destroy the land and take away their livelihoods. Why such deception? We think the protest should have been handled with more concern for people’s lives.
By: Nazmul Hasan