Clashes over airport in Bangladesh: 1 dead

Protesters blocked a major highway in protest against the government plan to build the airport that villagers say will take away their lands.

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011, 21:36 PM IST

Dhaka: Demonstrators outside the Bangladesh`s
capital burned down a police station during a protest on Monday
against a planned new airport, officials said. At least one
person was killed and dozens injured in clashes with police.

The protesters blocked a major highway in protest against
the government plan to build the airport that villagers say
will take away their lands and destroy a wetland, said local
police chief Shafiqul Islam.

One policeman, the 45-year-old Motiur Rahman, died after
he was taken to a hospital in the capital, Dhaka, Islam said.

The protesters set fire to a police station, smashed
vehicles and blocked roads during today`s protest in
Munshiganj district near Dhaka.

Islam said the violence prompted the security officials
to fire rubber bullets and tear gas.

The government has started acquiring land for the planned
Bangabandhu International Airport in the area. Villagers say
they will lose homes and farmlands.

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has
planned the airport, which is to named after independence
leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Rahman, who was Hasina`s father, was killed along with
most of his family members in a coup in 1975 after Bangladesh
won the independence from Pakistan in 1971.

PTI