February 28, 2017 - 6:09pm
Left-leaning political parties on Tuesday announced to besiege the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources after sponsoring a half-day shutdown in Dhaka protesting the government’s decision to hike gas price by 22.7 per cent.
Communist Party of Bangladesh and Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Democratic Left Alliance made the announcement after concluding the strike at 12:00pm that started at 6:00am.
The leaders also announced to launch campaign across the country to gain more public support to their cause from 1-14 March and on March 15 they will march towards the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources protesting at the gas price hike.
CPB and SPB, Democratic Left Alliance called the strike earlier on Friday.
During the strike, police fired teargas shells, rubber bullets and water cannon on the protesters to disperse them at Shahbagh intersection.
The police also arrested ten picketers including Nasir Uddin Prince, general secretary of a fraction of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front.
Police fired at least 50 rounds of teargas shells and put barricade in front of the central library on Dhaka University campus, witnesses said.
Communist Party of Bangladesh and Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Ganasanghati Andolan, Democratic Left Alliance held separate processions and rallies in Paltan and National Press Club area supporting the strike.
The strike supporters brought out a procession at Shahbagh intersection in the morning in support of their shutdown programme and then they took position there.
Though some educational intuitions were closed, traffic across the city was thin.
However, SSC examination centres and vehicles carrying examinees were out of the purview of the shutdown.
According to the announcement of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, prices of kitchen gas will be increased to Tk 750 for a single burner and Tk 800 for double burners, from tomorrow.
Currently, tenants and house owners are paying Tk 600 for a single burner and Tk 650 for double burners, a month. The BERC also declared that gas prices would be increased again to Tk 900 for single burners and Tk 950 for double burners from June 1.