Five dead after power plant workers clash with police in Bangladesh Apr 18, 2021 0 316 12345 dpa DhakaAt least five people were killed and a dozen others wounded after the workers of an under-construction power plant clashed with police in southern Bangladesh, police said on Saturday.Officer Azizul Islam said the violence ensued when the police fired tear gas to disperse several hundred workers demonstrating at the power plant premises to demand payment of salaries that were owed.The 1,224-megawatt coal-based plant is being constructed by private conglomerate the S Alam Group at Banshkhali in the Chattogram district, nearly 250 kilometres south-east of the capital Dhaka.Islam said the stick-wielding protesters, along with a group of villagers, had attacked the police at one point during the demonstration, prompting the law officers to fire gunshots in self-defence.Four of the protesters died at the scene, he said, adding that a dozen others, including six policemen, were wounded during the clashes and were rushed to hospital.The fifth man died of bullet wounds at Chittagong Medical College and Hospital, said Silbroto Barua, another officer at the police outpost located at the health facilities.Video posted by The Daily Star newspaper show a worker saying he was protesting due to a delay in the payment of monthly salary, which was due to be paid by April 10. He claimed the police attacked their peaceful protest.Local government official Saiduzzaman Chowdhury said the unrest had been brewing inside the power plant for the last couple of days as the workers were bargaining with the power plant administration over their demands, including a salary increase and timely payment.Security has been beefed up in the area to avert further escalation of the situation, he said. Earlier in April 2016, four people were killed in clashes when local residents protested against land acquired for the power plant, called SS Power I Limited. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Johnson’s India visit still a go despite fears about coronavirus Apr 18, 2021 0 295 Officials in Iran jump the queue for Covid jab Apr 18, 2021 0 851 Taliban kill at least 7 Afghan govt force members Apr 18, 2021 0 69 Blaze at Johannesburg hospital out of control due to water shortage Johannesburg: More than 16 hours after a major fire broke out at a hospital in Johannesburg, firefighters were struggling to bring the flames under control due to a water shortage, a spokersperson said on Saturday. “The .. At least 41 migrants die in boat sinking off Tunisia Tunis: Forty-one migrants died after their boat sank off the Tunisian coast, the UN said on Friday. Three people were rescued. The boat sank off the coastal city of Sfax on Thursday evening, the International .. Israel attacks targets in Gaza after renewed rocket fire dpa Tel Aviv/Gaza After another rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military again attacked several targets in the Palestinian territory. The targets of the retaliatory attack were a training centre of the .. Iran says ‘good’ progress made at nuclear talks but issues remain Vienna: Iran’s top negotiator at nuclear talks under way in Vienna said on Saturday that the discussions were on the right track and consultations would continue. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told Iranian ..