Road-rail blockade in Barapukuria

Dinajpur, May 4 (—Ending a two-day coal mine siege programme, a citizen committee has enforced a 48-hour road-rail blockade programme in Barapukuria to push for its three-point charter of demands.

The blockade of the National Committee on Protection of Oil-Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports from Wednesday forced suspension of road and train communications on the Parbatipur-Phulbari routes.

About 200 RAB and riot police personnel were deployed to watch over the demonstrators.

The committee is demanding compensation for the Aman crop loss due to the mine, suspension of survey for land acquisition and withdrawal of cases filed against the local people.

Several hundred leaders and activists of the left-leaning committee comprising teachers and professionals laid sieges to the rail and road networks at Phulbari point beside the Phulbari Coal Mine around 10am.

The committee announced the blockade programme after ending a 48-hour Phulbari Coal Mine siege programme on the same demands on Tuesday.

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