The police on Sunday detained 12 people when they were out on demonstrations seeking relief at Sonarbangla of Gaurichanna in Barguna.
Witnesses said about 200 people brought out a procession in the village, some 6km off the district headquarters, in the morning. Holding banners and festoons, they demanded food and clothes and marched towards the town before being stopped by the police at Khejurtala, four kilometres off the town
Alleging delay in relief work, nepotism, and corruption, angry cyclone survivors have been staging angry demonstrations in southern Bangladesh which was hit by Cyclone Sidr on Nov 15. Those denied relief at some places have charged that local officials were favoring supporters of one party or the other with an eye on winning votes in elections in the future. However, officials denied any favoritism.
About 300 people of Dakua and Phulkhali at Galachipa in Patuakhali brought out a procession Thursday demanding relief.
Witnesses said the demonstrators first gathered at the office of the local upazila (sub-district) officer with allegations of nepotism, irregularities and corruption in relief distribution.