At least 50 were wounded as the police swooped on the people demanding an immediate solution to Bhabadah water stagnation problem at Swadhinata Chattar in Nawapara industrial town on Wednesday.
Witnesses said local people with the banner of Bhabadaha Pani Nishkashan Sangram Committee were observing a sit–in programme on Jessore-Khulna Highway placing their six-point demand including immediate solution of Bhabadah water stagnation problem.
After the sit-in programme, police swooped on the agitators as their procession led by Iqbal Kabir Jahid reached at Swadhinata Chattar around 11:30 am.
‘Police charged baton on the agitators without any provocation,’ protesters alleged.
Meanwhile, Md Shahid Abu Sarwar, additional superintendent of police said that some agitators were wounded as the police charged baton to disperse the protesters.
The people are demanding to engage four more floating excavators for removing sediment from the river bed at Bhabadah point, starting of tidal river management project at Beel Kapalia, making linkage between Amdanga Canal and Rajapur Canal, establishing link between Mathabhanga and Bhairab rivers, providing food security to affected people and rehabilitate them and halting recovery of loans paid by different NGOs at the Bhabadah affected areas.
Chaitanya Kumar Paul, member secretary, Bhabadah Movement Committee said they also submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of Jessore on September 8 over the matter.