Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has asked the Ministry of Energy Resources to take steps to scrap the agreement with the UK-based Asia Energy on Phulbari coalmine after scrutinizing all legal aspects.
Energy Ministry officials said that an international agreement cannot be just rescinded without sufficient reasons. The government has taken the step following a violent protest by the local residents at Phulbari under Dinajpur district where at least six people were killed in police actions in August last. The deal was to allow the Asia Energy to dig an open-cast mine at Phulbari. Protesters said the mine development scheme would displace more than 40,000 villagers and damage the environment in and around the mine site.
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