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Chinese worker killed in mass brawl at Bangladeshi power plant site

19 June 2019 | By GCR Staff | 2 Comments

A 26-year-old Chinese electrician has died of head injuries after a mass brawl erupted between domestic and Chinese workers building a major power plant in Bangladesh.

More than a thousand police came to break up the fight involving hundreds of workers on the Chinese-funded, 1320MW Payra coal plant in the Patuakhali district, 200km south of Dhaka.

Five other Chinese workers and two Bangladeshi workers were hospitalised, with the Chinese workers transferred to Dhaka, reports Dhaka Tribune.

Police said the violence broke out after a Bangladeshi died in a fall on site, with locals accusing the Chinese side of covering up the fatality, reports news agency AFP. 

In 2016, China’s Exim Bank agreed a $1bn loan for the Payra power plant, which is being built by a 50:50 joint venture between Bangladesh’s North-West Power Generation Company and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC). 

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