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Wednesday, 07 May 2008

The army on Tuesday responded to reports on Phulbari coalmine project area and the involvement of the army carried by Bangla and English newspapers on May 5.

The Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate quoted the reports as saying that some army personnel in uniform had travelled the project area and asked the people whether they would leave the Phulbari village for compensation.

The reports also alleged that the armed forces had been used to allow the foreign companies to loot national resources. In fact, the ISPR statement said, an army officer of the National Defence College had carried out a survey on Phulbari coalmine project as part of training.

The subject of the research of the trainee was "Evaluation of Phulbari Deal: Search for Policy Option". The trainee submitted a set of 14 questions to 30 people of the locality and had sought assistance from the local army camp for the research.

The questionnaire did not have any purpose other than gaining statistical information and had nothing to do with the interest of Phulbari coalmine scheme, the ISPR statement asserted.

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