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Vol. 5 Num 698 Wed. May 17, 2006  
   
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Power-starved people vandalise Desa office


Several thousand residents of Maniknagar last night swooped on the local Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) office and blockaded the Biswa Road in Demra demanding uninterrupted power supply.

They vandalised several vehicles, furniture, window glasses of the office and set fire to a DESA vehicle and beat up a Desa official, Abdul Mannan.

Around 3,000 people of all ages and gender from Maniknagar, Golapbagh, Gupibagh and Rishpara area gathered at the Maniknagar Desa office around 8:30pm.

They alleged they are suffering from inadequate supply of power since the beginning of summer which worsened their water crisis.

As a blackout began around 8:00pm several residents headed for the Desa office chanting slogans demanding uninterrupted power supply while others soon followed.

They used the large Desa ladders to blockade the Biswa Road for half an hour. As Abdul Mannan tried to resist the mob setting fire to a DESA vehicle the angry mob beat him up.

Later, the residents dismantled the barricade and left the office after the power was back on. Additional police were later deployed at the office.