Friday, June 5, 2009

Tipaimukh dam: Protest against Indian HC's remark

DU Correspondent

Sylhet Division Development Action Council (SDDAC) yesterday demanded removal of Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakrabarti for his controversial speech on Tipaimukh dam issue against the interest of Bangladesh.

They called upon the Government to take initiatives to stop the construction of the dam to protect the people of 16 districts of northern and eastern regions of the country from desertification saying that the government should raise the issue in the international forum.

The demand was made at a protest programme in front of the National Press Club in the city organised by SDDAC protesting the construction of Tipaimukh dam at the upper reaches of Surma and Kushiara Rivers.

Former Chairman of Privatisation Commission Enam Ahmed Chowdhury attended the programme as chief guest with President of SDDAC Advocate Abed Raza in the chair. Environment Researcher Ifma Hossain, Journalist Khairul Islam Chowdhury, President of Sylhet Division Development Student Action Council EH Jasim, Advocate Selim Newas Chowdhury, Jayeda Abed, Jubair Ahmed and Saiful Faruki attended it among others.

Enam Ahmed Chowdhury said when the people of the country are protesting the construction of Tipaimukh dam, then some ministers and Indian High Commissioner are delivering the controversial speech on the issue.

He called upon the people to be united to form a strong movement against the construction of the dam.

The speakers said that if the government did not take initiatives to stop the construction of dam, they would launch tough movement.

After the demonstration, a memorandum was submitted to Foreign Minister from the organisation calling to take initiatives from the government to stop the construction of the dam and to remove the Indian High Commissioner.

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