Outlawed leader killed in Khulna ‘gunfight’
An outlawed leader of the Purba Bangla Communist Party was killed in a “gunfight” with police in the Chatiyantala area under Fotullah upazila in Khulna late on Monday night. The deceased was one Touhidul Islam Shobuj, 28, son of Selim Sheikh of Jamir village under the upazila. He was a leader of Purba Bangla Communist Party (ML). Khulna Assistant Police Super (B Circle) Abdul Qader Beg told journalists that Shobuj was an enlisted criminal. He said: “Acting on a tip-off, police arrested him from Damodar village under Fotullah upazila on Monday evening.”
Guangdong Villagers Hold Mass Protest Over Planned Waste Plant
More than 10,000 residents staged a protest at the weekend against a planned waste incinerator power plant near their homes in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and warned Monday of further mass demonstrations if the project is not scrapped. Thousands of protesters from 11 villages have marched to government offices in Jinzao township near the coastal city of Shantou in the east of Guangdong in recent days, but the biggest demonstration swelled to more than 10,000 on Saturday, local residents said. Holding placards and banners which read, “Oppose the government’s building of a waste incinerator power plant,” and “safeguard villagers and their environment,” protesters gathered outside the gates of the township government, chanting slogans.