February 28, 2017 - 4:20pm
The government raised prices of household and industrial gas last week
Police have detained at least 12 people and fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse hundreds more in Dhaka protesting against the latest increase in gas prices.
Two leftist parties – Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) – enforced a half-day shutdown in the capital on Tuesday condemning the government decision to raise prices of household and industrial gas.
Activists took out a procession at Shahbagh in the morning and tried to occupy the key intersection.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Mizanur Rahman defended police action, pointing out that there were key hospitals and educational institutions at Shahbagh.
“We were forced to use water cannon and fire tear gas as the protesters paid no heed to our requests to move away,” he said and confirmed arrests of at least 12 people.
The CPB and BSD called for the shutdown on Friday, a day after gas prices were raised.
From March, single burner stoves will cost Tk750 a month, up from Tk600. From June 1, it will cost Tk900. Double burner will cost Tk800 from March 1 and Tk950 from June 1.