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5 dead, at least 50 wounded as Bangladesh police shoot farmers

Five people were killed and at least 50 were wounded when police in northwest Bangladesh opened fire on a crowd of rioting farmers demanding lower electricity charges, police said. “A crowd of farmers laid seige to an electricty board office. They surrounded the place and the police fired. Five people died and 48 police were injured,” a police official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP on Monday. The incident at an office at Shibganj in Chapai Nawabganj district, some 250 kilometres (150 miles) from Dhaka, followed a similar protest outside the same office on January 4 when police shot at the crowd killing two and injuring more than 15 people. District superintendent of police Rezaul Karim told AFP earlier he could only confirm one dead and around 50 injured although he understood that six of the wounded were in a serious condition. Full Story

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